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Learnerships are not successful: This is why!

The Right Way

The Wrong Way

Your employees do a learnership

The Steps:

  1. Assessments done to determine readiness
  2. Outcomes discussed & learning plan developed
  3. Fundamentals addressed : AET > FLC > Learnerships

Outcome:

Employees who have fundamentals (English & Mathematics) in place are well suited for learnerships and complete the learnership. This promotes a sense of accomplishment and personal growth in your employees which improves morale and competency within your company.

Pros:

  • Employees add value to your company
  • Employees are promotable
  • Have better results with the employee in his/her current position
  • Confident employees improves production and client service which improves your company
  • No money and time wasted
  • Mentors don’t end up spending all their time as trainers

Cons:

  • None

Your employees do a learnership

The Steps:

  1. Readiness not determined
  2. No assessments done
  3. Training provider does not deliver on fundamentals

Outcome:

Employees that do not have fundamentals in place struggle to understand English and cannot perform the calculations required in a learnership. This causes them to become frustrated and demoralised which in turn results in a high drop-out rate and an increase in animosity towards the company. Your company may spend large amounts of money on employees and learnerships and never see any return on investment, simply because the employee lacks the fundamental ability required.

Pros:

  • None

Cons:

  • Waste of money & time
  • Employees show no improvement
  • Employees are not promotable
  • Negative employees who are not competent
  • Mentors become full-time trainers

Learnerships for Unemployed Candidates

The Steps:

  1. Recruit candidates who really need the training
  2. Assessments done to determine readiness
  3. Training provider that delivers on fundamentals
  4. Pay stipends as per requirements
  5. Proper planning and implementation of training programme

Outcome:

Candidates become employable upon completion of the learnership, thus being a good return on investment as candidates can be absorbed successfully into your company. The community also benefits from economic upliftment and the skills that such a programme provides.

Pros:

  • Candidates become self-sustaining
  • The candidate gains great benefit from the learnership
  • Candidates are employable
  • Good quality candidates produced for absorption into your workforce

Cons:

  • None

Learnerships for Unemployed Candidates

The Steps:

  1. Readiness not determined
  2. No assessments done
  3. Training provider does not deliver on fundamentals
  4. No stipends paid
  5. Fast tracked & Poorly planned

Outcome:

Candidates who do not have fundamentals in place struggle to understand English and cannot perform the mathematics required in a learnership. These candidates will have a high expectation for absorption but will not be competent and thus cannot be absorbed into your company, which in turn causes animosity in the community. Without stipends being paid candidates drop out of the learnership because they cannot sustain themselves and need to earn to live. The money spent on the candidates and in the community will have no benefit and will produce no return on investment for your company.

Pros:

  • None

Cons:

  • Absorbed candidates do not add value to your company
  • Incompetent candidates with long term employment contracts
  • Resentful candidates and community
  • Waste of money & time