What is a Learnership?

Managed by Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs), Learnerships are work-based learning programmes established by the government in order to educate and train employees. 

Learnerships are directly related to particular occupations and roles, and ultimately lead to accredited NQF qualifications. Usually, Learnerships combine theoretical knowledge with practical applications, while teaching learners valuable life skills at the same time. In this way, more people are trained for a specific working environment, and businesses benefit from having a more skilled and experienced workforce.

A contract is drawn up by the employer, the learner and an accredited skills development training provider for the duration of the programme to protect all the parties involved.

Companies that contribute to the country’s Skills Development Fund (SDF) through paying the mandatory skills development levy will find a number of important benefits if they include learnership in their annual Workplace Skills Plan (WSP).

You can implement learnerships and skills development in your workplace whether you want to contribute to your own talent pool or make a positive impact on the education in this country. Learnerships can be entered into with your current employers or with unemployed youth.

LEARNERSHIP MANAGEMENT

Learnerships fall in line with SAQA/QCTO requirements and offer access to meaningful education and training interventions to the widest range of learners, thus addressing the pressing needs of employers, learners and the social and economic needs of South Africa in general.  

 Specific learnerships are generated out of specific skills needs or shortages in all economic sectors.  As a result, learnerships are seen as a vehicle for achieving transformation in the education and training system in South Africa.

 Learnerships are a key element of the Skills Development strategy in South Africa and aim to ensure the provision of skills to unemployed or unskilled individuals with the aim to support local labour market conditions, special sector requirements, work opportunities and demands.

Benefits of participating in Learnerships 

Benefits to Employers:

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BBBEE points allocated under the Skills Development Element

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An appropriate pool of skilled employees to retain after the learnership

Benefits of participating in Learnerships 

Benefits to Employers:

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The use of productive learners at lower-than-normal costs

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Productivity could increase because of higher skilled workers

N

An increase in market share because of a skilled and competitive workforce

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A satisfied and motivated workforce due to investment in their development

N

A highly motivated workforce, because of higher levels of participation in the success of the company

N

A learnership grant from the seta to assist in covering the costs of the learner

N

Tax Rebates – Section 12H - From SARS for taking on learners in learnerships

N

SDL calculation – salaries of learners on learnerships are exempt from this calculation (previously unemployed learners) on a learnership

N

UIF – employers do not have to contribute UIF for 18.2

N

The entire industry for which learners have been trained has available a better skilled and qualified workforce

Benefits of participating in Learnerships

Benefits to Learners:

N

The opportunity to improve existing skills and develop additional ones

N

Both theoretical and practical workplace learning is included, so a learner leaves ready to operate within the workplace

N

The achievement of a nationally recognized qualification

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An allowance for the duration of the learnership to cover travel and living expenses

We provide Accredited Training Learnership Programmes with the following SETA’s:

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MICT SETA

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Services SETA

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TETA

N

CETA

N

LGSETA

N

SASSETA