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Vocational Education Training


This programme is offered to citizens and non-citizens through Brigades and four Technical Colleges (Maun, Jwaneng, Palapye and Selebi-Phikwe Technical Colleges). These institutions offer vocational training courses up to certificate level (National Craft Certificate). These trades include:

  • Architectural Draughting
  • Auto Mechanics
  • Borehole Mechanics
  • Bricklaying and Plastering
  • Carpentry and Joinery
  • Dress Making 
  • Electrical Installation
  • Forestry
  • Horticulture
  • Livestock Farming
  • Machine Fitting
  • Painting and Decoration
  • Panel Beating and Spray Painting
  • Plumbing and Pipe Fitting
  • Refrigeration and Air Conditioning
  • Welding and Fabrication
Who is eligible?
  • Citizens and non-citizens
  • 16 years and above
  • Minimum educational requirements: Junior Certificate/BGCSE
  • Special Education Needs inclusive
How do I get this service?
  • Download and complete the Apprenticeship Training form and submit with supporting documents to the nearest office (upon advertisement).
  • Attach the required documents (listed below) and submit the form to the Institutions of choice by post or hand delivery.
What supporting documents are required?
  • Certified copy of National identity card (Omang for citizens)
  • Certified copy of passport (for non-citizens)
  • Relevant educational certificates
How long will this service take?

Upon completion of the application process.

Where can I get more information on this Service

Ministry of Employment, Labour Productivity and Skills Development

Department of Skills Development

Private Bag 0062, Plot 18006

Machel Drive

Gaborone, Botswana


Tel. (+267) 373 2700

Fax. (+267) 00267/ 397 5653


Email: melsdpr [at]

Opening hours: 7:30 to 12:45 and 13:45 to 16:30, Monday to Friday, except public holidays.

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