Learning a skill could be another way to get over not having a matric. There are a number of Further Education and Training (FET) Colleges that offer skills training in many fields such as computers, administration, carpentry and beauty to name a few that don’t require you to already have a matric qualification.

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Alternatively, you may want to improve your skills or learn a new skill while at the same time, gaining experience. Check out Yes4youth.co.za. YES is a collaborative economic enabler led by business with government and labour for youth.

Without experience, youth cannot get a job. Without a job, youth can’t get experience.

The YES 12 month quality work experience gives unemployed youth a dignified first chance at work which equips them with a toolkit to be a beacon of hope for their families, households and communities.

The internet has a wealth of organisations that offer quality courses some of which are free of charge and a number of them do not require matric to take part! Some of these are listed below:



Oxbridge Academy – Online business courses
At Oxbridge Academy, we offer a range of online courses in the fields of Business and Project Management. These courses are workplace skills courses, meaning that they are designed to enable you to become a more efficient and effective employee, and to help you make a more valuable contribution in the workplace. Most of the courses offered do not require matric.

Oxbridge Academy – Distant Learning courses
At Oxbridge Academy, we offer a wide range of courses in 25 different fields of interest. Our courses can broadly be grouped into four categories, namely: Short Courses, Oxbridge Academy Skills Courses, National Qualifications, and International Qualifications. Browse through the options to find your dream course! Most of the courses offered do not require matric.

Coursera provides universal access to the world’s best education, partnering with top universities and organizations to offer courses online.

Receive an official credential from the institution and signed by the instructor. The certificate verifies your achievement and can be used to highlight skills on your resume or LinkedIn profile.

Learn new business, creative, & tech skills with expert-led online video tutorials– anytime, anywhere.

Provided by the University of Leeds, “Essential Skills for Your Career Development” is a course designed to help you take charge of your career development and identify the skills you need to plan and achieve your career goals. Most people want to achieve career success, but how can you make it a reality? On this course, you’ll get the tools to take your career to the next level. Using planning tools, you’ll establish goals for your career and how to achieve them. You’ll learn how to navigate the process of applying for jobs and interviews, and consider the importance of transferable skills and creating the right professional networks.

There are also many other organisations that  offer skills training worth considering and won’t require you to have a matric certificate. Some of these are listed below:

Academy Training Group
We have over 23 years of reputable experience in the Education and Training industry! Academy Training Group is registered with Department of Higher Education (DHET) with registration nr 2010/FE07/045. Our objective is to provide practical training and knowledge for a professional level of competency.  Full-time lecturers at Academy Training Group are well qualified and hold relevant qualifications. Part-time lecturers assist Academy Training Group as required. ATG’s bespoken training courses are designed to deliver maximum benefits in the key areas of today’s business world. We are motivated by the continuity of our relationships with our school leaver students and corporate clients. We are also well known for providing on-site development programmes and coaching for line managers.

Africa Skills TVET College
Mission: Changing people’s lives through training and skills development. Equip the student with skills and knowledge. Empower the student to apply the new competencies in the workplace and to achieve their own life’s purpose. Excel in life and the workplace and add value to their communities. They offer artisan training, apprenticeship, Recognition of Prior Learning and funding options.

Alusani Skills & Training Network
Covering a wide variety of specialised subjects, from finance to construction law, leadership to industrial maintenance, Alusani Skills and Training Network can deliver on any trainnig need you have through public course participation or onsite training solutions.

Business skills course
The course is designed to equip you with the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes you need to take your business to the next level.

Eskilz College
Education is not just about going to school and getting a degree. It’s about widening your knowledge and absorbing the truth about life. Everyone has the right to an education and when we change the life of one individual they have the power to have an impact on others’ lives. Our vision is to provide quality education across a broad spectrum of sectors with the aim of strengthening the South African economy. Eskilz College offers a wide variety of different courses.

Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB)
You want to know that the time and resources you’ve invested in your studies are going to result in a qualification that’s reputable and recognised. All of the ICB’s qualifications are registered on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) – giving you peace of mind. You do not necessarily have to be in possession of a matric certificate to obtain an NQF level 4 qualification in finances. The ICB offers several programmes that lead to professional qualifications including the following programmes: Financial accounting, public sector accounting, business management, entrepreneuship and office administration.

Intelligent Africa
Intelligent Africa develops, markets and manages training programs and conferences to both the private and public sector throughout Africa and South Africa.

Job readiness programme
Fisantekraal Centre for Development is a non-profit organisation that restores dignity and builds self esteem and self confidence in unemployed people through various skills development courses. The Job readiness programme includes an introduction to computers, using MS Word, the internet and email enabling you to search and apply for jobs online. Improve your chances of finding the right job.

Skills training and job creation in Khayelitsha and Hermanus.

Office Basics
The course is designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills required for an entry level office assistant,  receptionist or call centre agent.



Oxbridge Academy
At Oxbridge Academy, you can:

  • Study at an accredited college
  • Choose from a wide range of courses (including fully accredited national qualifications).
  • Further your studies even if you don’t have Matric
  • Enrol at any time of the year.
  • Study from home.
  • Receive academic support from a qualified tutor.
  • Pay for your course upfront or in affordable monthly instalments.

Siyaloba Training Academy
Siyaloba Training Academy provides an ‘open-access’ learning and assessment system. Learners are enrolled in programmes after either a client line manager or the candidate initiates a request him/herself. If the request is consistent with the Skills Plan and/or the individual’s development plan and/or service contract, the learner is enrolled on the programme.

The Learning Organisation (TLO)
TLO believes in growing people from where they are, to where they want to be. We believe in growing people outside of their habits and comfort zone. We offer qualifications, skills programmes, computer skills, customised development programmes and coaching for all levels of staff, including Executive Coaching and Management Development programmes.

Trentstone College
Trentstone College offers distance learning, career-based courses covering a wide cross-spectrum of subjects, to correspondence students nationwide. All courses are hand delivered to your doorstep with NO MATRIC needed as an entry requirement for any of our courses!

Umzi Wethu Siyazenzela Programme
The Umzi Wethu Siyazenzela Programme aims to equip job seekers with the skills required to find work and to become valuable employees. In order to broaden the impact of the Wilderness Foundation’s social intervention programme and to specifically address poverty and youth employment, the Wilderness Foundation has developed a new intervention which builds on the strength of the Umzi Wethu brand. The programme will benefit  up to 300 job seekers per year. The Umzi Wethu Siyazenzela Programme combines an established job readiness training programme (Work 4A Living) together with a comprehensive life skills programme.  The life skills aspect of the programme takes a holistic approach to student wellness with a focus on HIV/AIDS and sexual and reproductive health, as well as environmental awareness. The environmental aspect is facilitated through “green workshops” and links with other experiential education projects within the Wilderness Foundation.