What is a learnership?
A Learnership is a work-based education and training programme that is linked to a qualification registered on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA).Learnerships are occupationally directed programmes that consist of both structured theoretical learning and practical workplace experience.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF LEARNERSHIPS?
For the learner, NQF learnerships:
- Provide easy access to learning;
- Increase access to employment opportunities;
- Assist in career-pathing and self-development
- Provide a monthly stipend to learners while they learn;
- Lead to the acquisition of a formal qualification;
- Fast track the development of current employees; and
- Serve as an entrance into the industry for unemployed learners.
For the industry, learnerships help industry to:
- Become competitive in the global market;
- Build a pool of skilled, qualified & more professional employees; and
- Develop their people to world-class standards.
For the employer, learnerships provide:
- Skilled and experienced workers;
- Development of competent staff;
- Empowerment credentials and BB-BEE points for the company;
- Knowledgeable and competent employees who require less supervision;
- Improved workplace productivity and quality outcomes;
- A vehicle to address employment equity targets; and
- Help fill identified skills gaps.
Who participates in a learnership?
A learnership involves three main parties:
- The learner/s
- The training provider/s
- The employer/s
Although the SETA facilitates the recruitment and implementation of learnerships, the responsibility lies with the employer and training provider to recruit learners.