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School Leaver Opportunities

Here are a list of our favorite websites showing school leaver opportunities.  The information on these websites is always being refreshed so don’t give up if you don’t find something right away.  Remember to also check newspapers and don’t be afraid to go and visit the places you’d like to work and tell them that you’re looking.   There’s nothing like a live person with a friendly face to outshine a pile of anonymous e-mail inquiries.

Careers Info & Online Career Testing : http://www.pacecareers.com/

Apprenticeships, Bursaries, Learnerships and Jobs: http://www.careerplanet.co.za/

Learnerships: http://latestlearnerships.com/

Internships, Job Interviews & Bursaries: http://www.khabza.com/

Bursaries: http://www.wsas.co.za/apply-bursary

Bursaries: http://nyouthdev.cfsites.org/custom.php?pageid=13374

Bursaries: http://bursaries-southafrica.co.za/

Learnership, Internships & Apprenticeships: http://www.salearnerships.com/

Bursaries, Vac work, Matric and University Advice:  http://puffandpass.co.za/

Careers Info, study and registration pathways: http://careerhelp.org.za/

Check a course is accredited, Find learnerships: http://www.saqa.org.za/

Where to study, what to study, learnerships: http://ncap.careerhelp.org.za/

Matric rewrites or left school early and want to get matric: http://www.abet.co.za/adult_matric_study.html

 

213 replies
  1. Thandeka
    Thandeka says:

    Hi! I’m Thandeka maseko from mpumalanga ,I’m in need of a Learnership especially in nursing but I don’t have matric, grade 11 so please help me I really need to further my studies.

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      If you are too old to go back to school, I suggest you contact your local college – Ehlanzeni College, Nkangala College or Gert Sibande College. They will also do a careers assessment with you and advise you as to how to obtain a vocational matric. You can’t go into nursing without finishing matric. Otherwise you could look and see if you can train as a Home Based Carer in your area, this is a position that assists nursing sisters with home visits in your community. Check at your local clinic and ask if there is a program available.

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  2. Zimkita
    Zimkita says:

    Hi. I would like to have a learnership so that i could become a retail manager i failed my matric in 2012 please help to get a learnership

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi Zimkita, I haven’t heard of retail learnerships. This is a good website to find learnerships -http://www.careerplanet.co.za/learnerships however you generally need to have matric. Why don’t you look for a job or go to your nearest TVET college and see what courses they can offer you?

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  3. Ben
    Ben says:

    Guyz….i would like to know that if i can apply for bursary in westcol campus..Because i left school in grade11,i want to apply for an administration,Tourism etc…..as i left school about 2012,it is possible to apply?

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi Ben, Yes Westcol offer the National Vocational Certificate (NVC) in Hospitality or Office Practice. The NVC is funded by NSFAS. You start by going to the college for a careers assessement and intake test (maths and english). They will then guide you to apply for the course that is right for you. When you are accepted you apply to NSFAS for a bursary for your studies. You will gain a qualification at the same level as matric but with a career focus. It will take you 3 years.

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  4. Nozibele
    Nozibele says:

    Hi Im looking for learneship I need to do technician deal with cables and fibre optic I worked with for 11 years I need to go foward I dont have matric and did hombasecare, any of it I can find to do it, I appreciate it

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, I don’t think you can get a learnership without matric. The best thing would be for you to go to your local FET college and have a careers assessment. They can advise you best as to your way forward.

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  5. Sandile
    Sandile says:

    Hi
    I’m currently in grade 12 and am looking for a learnership in the region of management or anything similar for the duration of 2016. Any other learnerships would be good too. Any info would be much appreciated.
    Thanks in advance.

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi Sandile, I looked for this for another student a year ago and I didn’t really find anything. She ended up taking a junior position with a fundraising company and has earned a reasonable salary with them. She is going to study accounting at UWC next year. There are learnerships listed on career planet – http://www.careerplanet.co.za/learnerships May be you will see something for you. They refresh often so keep coming back to look. Kath

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      • Angela
        Angela says:

        Hi im angela jacobs i dropped out of school when i was in grade 10 please help i would like to be a nurse but also has a finance problem a single mom with two boys 7 and 1 can anybody help me please

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        • Kath Morse
          Kath Morse says:

          Hi, You will need to finish your matric if you are going to be a nurse. If you enroll at a TVET college you will get a government bursary so it won’t cost you anything except your own hard work.

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  6. sarah
    sarah says:

    Hi I’m currently looking for a job I have grade 11 and I have worked as a receptionist at a private college for a year and I’ve done lots of in store promotion,I’m also doing sales management through distance learning. Can you help me myb with websites where I can get jobs that do not require matrix..thanx

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, I don’t think there are any websites like that but have you looked on gumtree for a job? Would you consider going to college and getting a certificate? It might help with getting work.

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      • Lungani
        Lungani says:

        Hai I failed matrix 2007 but I have national certificate vocational level 4 (safety in society) I am looking for a related jobs pls my cell no is 082 710 5751

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  7. Tintswalo Bilusa
    Tintswalo Bilusa says:

    Hi,I dropped out of school an was doing part time matric last year but I didn’t pass,I think is because I was not attending any lessons,and I have decided to go and register with Damelin high school to get matric certificate but I can’t afford the payments, I wanted to know if there is any help I can get to pay my fees and the registration?

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, Damelin have their own bursaries I think but otherwise, there is no help you can get because they are a private college. If you register at Cape College for the NVC you will be able to apply for NSFAS funding.

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  8. karabo
    karabo says:

    hi im karabo I Have failed matric so i want to study to become a boiler maker,So i wanna know if there’s a college fee’s you can help me with or anything you can help me with becouse im sitting at home doing nothing so I would appriciate your help

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, You should go to your local TVET college and tell them your dream to become a boilermaker. They will be able to give you some extra maths classes to help your maths get up to level for the boiler maker course. If you tell me where you are I can tell you your nearest college.

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  9. yvonne
    yvonne says:

    Hi I wanted to futher my study at any college offer grade11 to matric I want to enrol but have no money for registration and so on I want to know how can I get help or where because I need to know college I’m goint to and if I’m already registered student how can I get help?I’m from bloemfontein

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, You can’t register for Gr 11 at college anymore. You can do the National Vocational Certificate (NQF2-4) at TVET colleges. It is funded through the NSFAS bursary so you shouldn’t have to pay any fees at all.

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi Caroline, As far as I understand, you will need your matric to be a fire fighter. You could go to FET College and get your matric via the National Vocation Certificate – Safey and Security in Society. You will find that the subjects are quite different to a school matric and give you insight into safety and security vocations. Once you have the matric you can look for positions to be advertised by the Fire Services and then you can apply. They will give you on-the-job training.

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  10. Anna
    Anna says:

    Hi
    My name is Anna , I have passed grade 11 with symbol c since 2007, I would like to be a nurse ,I am looking for help to further my study’s by doing nursing with basury.

    Kind regards
    Anna

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  11. Nolubabalo
    Nolubabalo says:

    Um Nolubabalo Nkwenkwezi…I was doing Grade 12 last year but I didn’t pass cuz they ddnt put my Xhosa marks there so this year I’m doing I.T Support nd I would like to pass my matric..what must I do?

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  12. MPHO
    MPHO says:

    HY MY NAME IS MPHO I LEFT GRd 10 THIs YEAR BECAUSE I FaIL A LOT AN I WNt TO GO TO COlLEGe NW TO Do SaFTY OFFICE PLEASE WiLL U HLP ME WTH FEES TO LEARN

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, If you actually go to the college and apply, you will find that you do not need to pay fees. Your fees will be covered by a NSFAS bursary provided through the college.

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  13. NOMUSA
    NOMUSA says:

    Hi I’m NOMUSA I did my matric in 2006 but did not passed it and did computer literacy but due to fees I dropped out. But now I’m interested in safety and security I would like to be assisted with fees and soo. I’m situated at jhb. which good institutions should I apply to. And are the registration still opened.

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      You can apply for Safety and Security at your nearest TVET college. If you don’t know where your nearest college is, let me know where you live and I’ll look it up for you. You will need to apply to start in 2017. It is a three year course.

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  14. Ayanda
    Ayanda says:

    Hi I want to do nursing but I only have grade 11n I need a busarrie to apply for nursin next year 2017 please help me.

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  15. Ayanda
    Ayanda says:

    Ia it possible for me to get a busarrie to do nursing next year 2017 can u apply with grade 11 please help

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  16. Thobile
    Thobile says:

    Hi I’m Thobile Mngomezulu I want to do nursing but I have grd 11 passed can I do nursing without matric and I have no money to pay my fees can I get NSFAS to continue with my studies I’m a orphan please I need help my life is falling apart

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, As far as I can see, you can’t get into a nursing course with a bursary if you don’t have matric. I suggest you go to your local TVET college and find what courses they do have for someone who only has Gr 11. As you must be interested in helping people, you can look at the NQF4 Social Auxillary worker learnership with Social Development or Educare, Home Based Care or Community Development at TVET College.

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  17. Lebogang marakalla
    Lebogang marakalla says:

    Hey am Lebogang,i did grade 12 but i didnt pass it well n i hv drivers licence,,,i desparetly need a learnership for paramedics.plz help me

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  18. Precilla maroga
    Precilla maroga says:

    Please help me i dont have matri but i need to study nursing and i need to get matric first i dont have money help

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      You can get a vocational matric certificate by studying through your local TVET College. NSFAS fund these courses with full bursaries.

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, There isn’t anyway for you to finish your matric now because the school system has changed. However that doesn’t mean that you can’t study further. TVET Colleges offer some NQF4 certificate courses that you would be eligible for. This is a certificate that is the equivalent study level of doing matric but it is for a particular vocation – like cooking or office management. If you want to study at University you may find that you are able to apply without matric because of your age and also if you have been working in the field and you can show that you are competent with reading and writing in English. If you tell me more about why you want to get your matric, I can give you more specific advice.

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  19. Mihlali
    Mihlali says:

    Hey am mihlali skosana I pass my matric last year and am looking for free/bursary colleges for Information Technology courses around eastern cape or western cape… Plz help

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  20. tumie j
    tumie j says:

    i am working at the mining industry and everytym i try to apply for bursary or learnership it seems they prefere matriculated pple,there are courses related to my duty and also i have mining experience i want to end up working at DMR(department of minerals and resources)one day.

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  21. tumie j
    tumie j says:

    couses such as mining enginneering,geology,survey or rock braker(blasting certificate) etc and i like safety officer job bt they aquiry a person with matric certificate wth maths n science.please assist me,i am residing in welkom,FS

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, Sorry I overlooked your comment and took long to get back to you. I don’t know anything about your sector. Sorry 🙁

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  22. Masilo Ramofe
    Masilo Ramofe says:

    Hie, Am Steven Ramofe and I live in Polokwane am 26 years old, I leave school in Grade 10 and know i want to do boilermaker and i don’t have money. I don’t know where to get money to study my course any help please.

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, I think you need matric with maths and physics to study to be a boiler maker. If you let me know where you live I can refer you to your nearest TVET college. They can do a careers assessment with you and help you choose a course of study that you are eligible for. Most of their courses are government funded so you won’t have to worry about fees.

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi Thando, I haven’t found any nursing options for people who didn’t finish matric. Where do you stay? I can refer you to your nearest TVET College. They will be able to do a careers assessment with you and help you find a course of study that you are eligible for.

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      • Kath Morse
        Kath Morse says:

        Hi, I honestly don’t know much about learnerships. I do know that it is like applying for a job. Companies advertise when they want to employ a young person to train them up. In all the ads I’ve seen, you need to have matric and sometimes you also need to be studying at TVET College. If you haven’t applied to college, I would suggest you do that. Kath

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  23. tumie j
    tumie j says:

    hi,kath i sent u message on the 13th u did not respond u wanted info about me bcos i hav sent sms before that one.

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      HI Millicent, I haven’t found a way for it to be possible to study nursing without matric. Some TVET colleges offer Community Health studies which you might be interested in?

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  24. KGABO
    KGABO says:

    hie am kgabo…i failed my matric…but i wanna do social worker…is it going to be very easy for to can get a learnership?

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, You can try for Social Auxiallary worker – NQF4, there are bursaries through Social Development. You would need to redo matric to apply for a degree in Social Work.

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  25. louise
    louise says:

    Hi my name is louise id like to study at westcol collage for educare N4 – N6 BUT i dont have matric im 25years old i did however study at collage SA a few years ago and obtain my certificates in child development can i do my N4 – N6 at westcol or do i need a matric??? Please help

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  26. Vivien
    Vivien says:

    Fail matric in 2009 and want 2 study safety and society but need help with a accommodation bursary plz help and transport.

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      HI Rebaone, you have two options. 1. You can rewrite matric. If you didn’t pass then you are eligible to go back to school. You can otherwise look for a matric rewrite program in your area. I don’t know your province so I can’t help you with that. There are some online options if you can afford to pay. Just google “Matric rewrite online”. 2. You will need to think about why you want to study law and see if you can find another job that gives you the same things that you thought you would get from law. Like may be if you are someone who really likes people and talking you should look for a job with a lot of interaction with people.

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      • Bridget
        Bridget says:

        hi my name is bridget i live at polokwane i passed my matric with higher certificate and i have an N4 qualification in public relations.i want to study at capricon college here in polokwane,will i be able to enrol and study there using the N4 qualification since they only accept diploma and bachelour?i am 20years old.

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  27. Sithembiso
    Sithembiso says:

    HI

    Please assist. 7 years ago i dropped out of Grade 12 because I had to work to support my family. I am currently doing my matric and have been working as a petrol attendant for the past 7 years.After I finish my matric, in which fields would my work experience give me an advantage?

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      • khensani
        khensani says:

        hi im Precious
        please help I have completed my matric nd have mechanical engineering N1 currently doing N2 but I cannot study further because of financial problems as the nsfas won’t be funding us this trimester .so what I need is a job or apprenticeship
        here’s my email address: khensanishongwe2@gmail.com

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        • Kath Morse
          Kath Morse says:

          Hi, There are links on this page to websites that list apprenticeships and learnerships. As you have your matric you will be eligible for some of them. Keep watching the pages as new listings come up all the time.

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  28. Chris
    Chris says:

    Hi, my name is Chris
    I come from Mozambique but I’d like to go back to school I left the school in grade 9 Mozambique
    So please can you help with some advice how can I do , I really need to go back to school because I tried to looking for a job but because I don’t have any education I couldn’t find any job ,I didn’t left the school because I was to. Something happens when my parents passed away there was no anyone looks after me ,take care of me so I decided to come n looking for a job and in that case I field too .

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  29. Nomsa Sali
    Nomsa Sali says:

    hi my name is Nomsa… I have failed my matrix and I am currently studying Transport and Logistics at a TVET.. what are my chances of finding employment?

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, TVETs offer courses in scarce skills – that is skills we really need in our community but not many people have. This means that as long as you finish your course you should be in a very good position to find work. Get as much work experience as you can, even volunteering. It all helps build your CV and shows an employer that you know how to behave in a workplace.

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  30. ntombi
    ntombi says:

    Hi my name is Ntombi i recently graduated in IT at University of Venda. Since May i have been applying for internships but no luck. I moved to springs Gauteng i dont know the place and im always indoor. What other suggestions do u have for me to get oppotunities for employement.

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      It is always hard to get your first job after graduating. It takes an average of 6 months so don’t give up yet! Plus you have moved and have no contacts. Anything you can do to build up your CV and show that you are employable will help. University gives you technical skills but it doesn’t show that you are a good person to have in a work place. Employees want to know that you will be reliable, honest, communicate well, be a team player, problem solve, be self-directed. The only way to show that is to either volunteer regularly somewhere or get an entry level job (not in IT) and get a great reference from this place focusing on you as a person (not about your skills).

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  31. Tyson
    Tyson says:

    Hi, Kath

    Firstly I would like to thank you for the hassle you go through to provide us with the valuable information. Thanks a lot.

    I’m Tyson from Johannesburg South and I’m 25 years of age. I dropped out of school (Grade 10) in 2009 to look for a job (to support my family) I did basic computer skills and security (E,D,C,B,A) during that time. Now I would like to join any program be it an NGO, a program that has to do with security or any Learnership(won’t hold my breath for a Learnership) do you know any that will accommodate me? Before you answer my question what do you suggest I must do?

    Thank you

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi Tyson, it is hard to get a learnership without matric however your security qualifications are needed. There are jobs out there for you. This is a good job search website. You can also think about where you would like to work and take around your CV. If you target big employers (like Metrorail) then you will have a chance of promotion and further training. http://www.indeed.co.za/

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  32. Singi
    Singi says:

    Hi am zingi currently doing matric at school i’m not doing physics or mathematics now that i know what i wanna be wich is to be a nurce i was wondering if they will accept me at varsity or collage to do nurcing …..please help

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, You will need to go to your local TVET college and write their maths entrance test. They will use that to determine whether you are able to manage a boiler maker course. If you are struggling with maths they will make other course suggestions to you based on your interests and abilities.

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  33. Moses
    Moses says:

    Hi am moses I did matric but I didn’t pass it,and am interested in health n safety ,am from pta plzzzz help me out,am willing to put all my knowledge ,focus to be one of professional health n safety

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, I think you are going to need to get your matric if you want to study further in health and safety at a diploma level. There are online certificate courses available from SAMTRAC – https://www.nosa.co.za/training/top-training-courses/list-of-courses/samtrac/ I suggest you find a job listing you are interested in and see what certificates are required as a guide for what you should be doing. It can also be a good idea to get a job in a big construction company, even starting out doing laboring. Big companies offer opportunities for gaining skills and job based qualifications.

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  34. hleziphi
    hleziphi says:

    Hi m hleziphi from polokwane. I did my matric in 2010 i only got a subject certificate I did not work well. But I like to further my studies and become a nurse or something else in health industry. Pls help what must i do.

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  35. Shawn
    Shawn says:

    Hi am Shawn I left school in grade 11 and I want to be an IT expert please help or a learnership to further my studies and get to metric

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  36. Zipho Bongani
    Zipho Bongani says:

    Hi im Zipho i am doing Grade 11 and im 17 i want to be a doctor but the problem is at my school they dont have physics so i want to know if i can become a doctor ? The subjects that i am doing are mathematics and life science and because they dont have physics i added agricultural science.. Assist please. You can send me an email here at bonganizipho9@gmail.com my number 073 6735 568

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, You can get your matric and study hospitality at the same time at your local TVET college. Also the course is supported by NSFAS bursary so you won’t have to worry about fees. If you don’t know where your nearest TVET college is, tell me where you live and I’ll find out for you.

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  37. Nompumelelo Mofokeng
    Nompumelelo Mofokeng says:

    Hi am Nompumelelo I live in Bronkhorstspruit.. currently am doing grade 10 and I want to do Civil Engineering I need a scholarship

    I will appreciate if I can get any help

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  38. nothando
    nothando says:

    hi I’m a student and I was chased at school for not paying my fees and I’m only left with a week and 3 days to write my final matric exams I’m so stressed please help….

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, I replied to you by email. As you are at a private school they are allowed to chase you out for not paying fees. I don’t know about your final exams though and suggest you phone or visit the Education Dept Exam Help Desk: (013) 766 0033 Toll free Line: 0800 203 116 or go into the Dept of Education and ask:
      Government Boulevard, Riverside Park, Building 5, Mpumalanga Province. Hope it works out for you. It does sound very stressful. Kath

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi Lerato, you will need to get your matric to be a teacher or social worker. If you go to your local TVET college they will be able to assess you and give you course advice. TVET courses are supported by NSFAS so you won’t have to worry about funding. Kath

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  39. Talifhani
    Talifhani says:

    Hi my name is Talifhani i dont have a matric but i want to attend Fet college next year. i want to know if is possible to enter a university not university of technology but a traditional universtiy like university of stellenbosh with a NCV because i want to do Bsc(agric)-SoilScience in years to come. meetsitalifhani@yahoo.com

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, Yes it is possible to enter university with a NCV however the requirements are different to a NSC. Generally you need stronger marks from a NCV.

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, On the NSFAS website they say end of Nov but on Bursaries SA they say end of October. Suggest you phone NSFAS and ask them: 0860 067 327

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  40. lee anne koopman
    lee anne koopman says:

    Hi im lee i am 16 left school grade 7 i want to go back but they said i am to old to go back to grade 7 i really want to learn i becom sum1 in life but i dont know what to do plz help me plz if u can plz i wonder if i can go to college and study ecd

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi Lee, You will need to do your ABET (Adult Basic Education) levels first. ABET III is equivalent to completing Grade 9. Once you have that you can apply for ECD at college. I know it is a bit of a long road but if you are committed you will get there. Education is important and it’s worth putting in the time. If you can’t find an ABET course in your area then you can also study it through UNISA.

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, My understanding is that you need to have matric however the best way to check would be to go to your local ambulance station and ask them!

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  41. anita
    anita says:

    Hi I’m Anita I passed NCV level 4 in office admin from 2010 I’m straggling to find job and I’m getting older im 34 yrs this year mother of 3 boys plz help east london

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi Anita, N4 is a basic qualification. Have you considered upgrading? If you did a National Diploma in Office Admin N4-6 at your local TVET college you would be eligible for NSFAS funding and would be much more employable afterwards.

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  42. Basetsana
    Basetsana says:

    Hy i left school at matric early this year im 18 years and would really love to write my matric i’ve been trying to register but many school say they dont take first time matric student nor some colleges Im around Gauteng is there anywhere you know that the’ll help me please i really need this

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, Did you go back to your old school and ask to register for Grade 12? Otherwise I suggest you phone the department of education and ask them to assist you to find a place: (011) 355 0145. If you go to college you will have to do the National Vocational Certificate and it takes 3 years, you can’t just do the final year. There are private colleges that offer matric – http://www.abet.co.za/adult_matric_study.html

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  43. Tshegofatso
    Tshegofatso says:

    hie i am tshegofatso i left school when i was in grade 11 and i want to go back to school bt they are saying i am to old for me to go back to school i am 20 years old

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  44. nosihle
    nosihle says:

    hi,m nosihle.m 23,i did matric on 2012 n i ddnt pass i got a supp instead.i wrote it bt i ddnt pass as well.i want to further my studies to become a nurse.m in eastern cape.any suggestions.

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  45. Patrick Lebs
    Patrick Lebs says:

    Hi
    i am 35 in bloemfontein and currently studying part time N2-N3 civil engineering at rostec technical fet college,i do have 15 years experience inside construction industry.i am currently focus on my studies i need to work while studying please help.i am currently unemployed.previously i was employed by my own company,for now i struggle to contracts and appointments.

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, I really don’t know anything about how to get work in your area. There are funding options available though through NSFAS and bursaries. I suggest you look in the new year for a bursary and if NSFAS opens again, you can apply there. bursaries-southafrica.co.za

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      • florence
        florence says:

        hy am Florence from Limpopo I did matric twice but I failed I wnt to do nursing so can I do nursing or there are more courses that I can study ?or can I get bursary to do nursing?

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        • Kath Morse
          Kath Morse says:

          Hi, As far as I know you need matric to do nursing and you also need matric get a nursing bursary. Sorry. Why don’t you try at your local college and see what courses they might have for you?

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  46. Lillian
    Lillian says:

    Hi I’m Lillian,I live in daveyton at the moment,i passed grade 11 and have a prob with my subjects that i’ve at school which are Geography,History,Literacy Tourism,so im confussed on which career path should i take considering my subjects and which college would offer me career guide with this subjects

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Ekhuruleni College is in your area: 011 730 6600 http://www.eec.edu.za/ There are definitely options for you with your subject combination. The college has career advisors who can meet with you to discuss your options. You can also do this free online careers test to get an idea of where your interests are. Maths Lit will keep you from some career pathways but there are still a lot of options. https://www.gostudy.net/questionnaire

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  47. Kehumile sennelo
    Kehumile sennelo says:

    Hi kehumile am 24yrs of age nd i left school in grade 11 nxtyr 2017 i want to complete my studies i am so desparate of education i dnt hv both parents nd i hv financial problems am struggling i hv a two yrs old daughter so dats why i wna put pressure on me to hv a matric so i can look after my daughter plz help am from soweto

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, Your best option will be to take a National Vocational Certificate (NVC) at college. It will take you three years. You will get a matric equivalent certificate at the end but it will also focus on a job option. Go to the college this week and find out about it. Address: Corner Koma Road And Molele Street, 822 A Van Onselen Rd, Johannesburg, 1863 Phone: 086 176 8849

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  48. Sbusiso ximba
    Sbusiso ximba says:

    Hi i’m sbusiso i want help i complete public manageme n6 now i’m for seeking insevice training for 18month and i w’ll able to gradute u can call me 082 439 8746

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  49. Tumishang
    Tumishang says:

    Hey im Tumishang I want to study in Nkangala college for Business management but I’ve failed my Grade12 and I need Nsfas to help me further my studies… what can I do ?

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, Go to your local TVET College and apply for an Office Admin Certificate. Then they will help you find work when you are done. If you don’t know where your nearest college is, tell me where you live and I’ll look it up for you.

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      The minimum pass level is 3 subjects at 30% and 3 at 40%, one of which must be your home language. If you only passed 3 at 30% then you haven’t achieved your matric certificate yet. If you want to find a rewrite program please email me at kathsaili@gmail.com and tell me where you live. Otherwise you can register at your nearest TVET College for a National Vocational Certificate which is equivalent to matric. The rewrite programs are mostly free and TVET is funded by the government NSFAS bursary so it shouldn’t cost you anything.

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  50. Katie
    Katie says:

    Hi Kath

    I’m Katie from Grabouw I left school last year in grade 11.What steps should I take with out any hassles to get my matric certificate?

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, You can do an adult matric through Brainline. It will take you two years. You do have to pay and you need access to a computer and internet. https://www.brainline.com/ Or you could go back to school. Or you can go to a TVET College and to a National Vocational Certificate which is equivalent to matric but has a career focus. It will take you three years. TVET Colleges are about to start for the year so if you want to go that route, you should go and register today.

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  51. Edwin
    Edwin says:

    Hi Kath!

    I’ve failed my matric in 2002 with 2 subjects, and i have a couple of IT certificates under my belt. What i would like to know is that is it possible to start with Information Technology and Computer Science NCV Level 4 as it’s equivalent to matric or do i have to start with level 2? Thanks in advance!

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, as you are a mature age student you should be able to register for N4. Go and ask at admissions at the institute you are interested in.

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      • Edwin
        Edwin says:

        Will N4 together with a failed matric statement grant me an opportunity to study at tertiary level
        ? As I would like to start with my diploma in Information Technology next year?

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        • Kath Morse
          Kath Morse says:

          If you have your N4 you should be able to use it for an application for a Diploma. Speak to the admissions person at the institute you want to apply to and check that they have a way of recognizing your N4. Even though it is legally equivalent to matric, some institutes don’t have the systems in place to assess applications on the basis of something other than matric. So you have to keep talking to them and reminding them you have N4.

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  52. confidence nomadlozi zitha
    confidence nomadlozi zitha says:

    Hi,I’m Confidence Zitha is it possibl e to apply for bursary while you have ABET level -4?or can I study nursing with ABET level -4 certificate

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, ABET 4 is equivalent to passing Gr 9 at school (NQF1). You need Gr 12 equiv or NQF4 to apply for nursing. There are other courses you can do though. Go and ask at your local TVET college. They are registering now. NSFAS is still open for funding applications for TVET.

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  53. Ayanda Mayile
    Ayanda Mayile says:

    Hi I’m ayanda wow long time i apply for these learnerships.i just have bad luck. I failed matric i need help i need this. My contact 0785396827.

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Yes. There are learnerships available if you passed matric. You have to look for them using the links on this page. You can also look for government learnerships by searching online for your municipality website.

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  54. Lebogang
    Lebogang says:

    Hi…. I got a grade11 n want to go and do nursing, is it possible??? Im located at johannersburg,so where can i get a school and the name of the school please…

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  55. Tebogo
    Tebogo says:

    Hi i would like to know,i wanna further my studies i left school doing grade 9 and i want to obtain a metric certificate what must i do

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, I just heard about a good low cost option where you study online. It is the American GED (General Education Diploma), equal to a NQF4 – matric certificate, but without a Bachelor Pass / Matric exemption. So you can study at TVET College but not at university. https://passged.co.za/ If you tell me more about what you want I will be able to be more helpful.

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  56. Thabiso mothobi
    Thabiso mothobi says:

    Hi ..am thabiso i left school after failing my grade 9 after my both parents died i only live wth my sister pls i need help i dont knw what to do ….the point is i wanted to be a police..compulsory i wanna build my future i need help pls

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      See my other reply. After your ABET you should take Safety and Security in Society at TVET college. It is a good preparation for applying to the police force.

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, If you didn’t pass Gr 9 the best thing to do is find an ABET (Adult Basic Education and Training) course in your area. Register for ABET level 3, which is equivalent to Gr 9. From there you can apply to TVET college to study further. They will be able to advise you on your career path. All of these courses should be fully funded so you don’t need to worry about payment. If you tell me where you are I can look for an ABET course for you.

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  57. khutsang
    khutsang says:

    Uhei um khutso from burgersfort I’ve failed ma matric twice……so i lyk to go further ma studies but I don’t hv money…….um now dunno wat do I wanna know if is possible for me to get a bursary or even learnership if possible pls

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  58. Thabiso mothobi
    Thabiso mothobi says:

    Ohk kath am from village called moruleng am turning 18 at 15 february i would appreciate your help …Can u at list give me advise if u have an option becouse am stragling to reach my ‘dreams’….but is good to meet bcz i heard u talking about ABET Mby u can demonstrate me the rght way

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  59. Ayanda Mayile
    Ayanda Mayile says:

    Hi I’m playing guitar and i sing i need help. Can i get bursary or scholarship for music studies .how and which college can accept me i faid matric. Advice me please

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  60. Katlego
    Katlego says:

    hey,I’ve already applied for NSFAS but it ddnt approve me
    and I live at Res(KHAYALETHU)
    So what will I do if it dnt fund me
    will they kick me out at KHAYALETHU?
    Please help me with this

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  61. Vincent
    Vincent says:

    Is it possible to do diesel mechanic at TVET college if I failed matric twice.my matric results are not really that bad,I only failed maths and physics

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  62. Promise
    Promise says:

    Hi I’m promise I’ve enroll at IBS Nqf level4 Ive passed other subjects but only have to write one subject to get my certificate.I dont have money to finish,I want to be a bank teller.Please help

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      If you had NSFAS funding, they should refund you for the last subject as long as you passed more than 50% of your subjects last year.

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  63. Lerato
    Lerato says:

    hiy I’m Lerato I left school in grade 10 but i went to Adult center I was doing Tourism so I passed tourism cn I be able to get a bursary so that I cn study more ,I really need ur help

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Go and apply at your nearest TVET college. They will advise you which courses you are eligible for and also tell you how to apply for the government NSFAS funding.

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  64. Katlego
    Katlego says:

    Hey
    I’ve received a mssg from NSFAS says :DEAR STUDENT, YOU ARE provisionally FUNDED PENDING REGISTRATION AT PUBLIC TVET COLLEGE FOR THIS CURRENT REGISTRATION.
    And they also gave me a REFERENCE .
    So I dnt understand this messg
    pls help me to understand.

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Once you register you will be funded. Make sure that your tertiary institute knows that you have NSFAS funding. They will notify NSFAS that you have registered then NSFAS will prepare the loan contract for you.

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  65. Melanie
    Melanie says:

    Hi Kath.

    My son left school in grade7 a few years ago 18 years old now, he been asking me for months now to help him go back to school as he realised he made a mistake..the only thing is he struggles a bit to read but very good with the hands like. Please please please help

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, If he is going to study further he needs to start with ABET (Adult Basic Education and Training) levels 1, 2, 3. When he has level 3 it is equivalent to passing Grade 9 and he can apply for other trade qualifications at a TVET College. You can google for ABET providers in your area or if you let me know where you live I can have a look for you.

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi Odwa, it is easier to get work when you have a higher qualification. Go to your nearest TVET College and talk to them about your career options. Register for a course for second semester. You will be able to apply to NSFAS for funding.

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