Practical illiteracy hampers a worker’s ability to perform optimally on the job and to progress in his or her career. The contribution of an illiterate worker to the workplace will always be limited in a sense to routine tasks and to physical labour. Employers that provide personnel training through ABET learnership programs empower their employees to become more productive, positive towards their work and future and also help them gain a higher level of confidence. A worker that is confident that he or she can do the work will perform better and will not shy away from new challenges. The ABET learnership programs help employees to gain the required level of confidence and thus perform better. Workers that perform better will ensure higher profits for the company and helping the company to grow.