According to the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) a learnership is a work based learning programme that leads to an NQF registered qualification. Learnerships are directly related to an occupation or field of work.
How does a Learnership work?
The learner is required to complete a theoretical course and practical training at the workplace in order to graduate. Unemployed adults can also take part in a learnership if the company is willing to take them on; this is called a sponsored learnership. The theoretical part of the training is provided by an accredited training service provider, while the practical learning takes place at the workplace under the guidance of a mentor.
Learnerships last for the duration of the time to complete the qualification. During the learnership, learners will be required to complete assignments, tasks and practical tests and projects. They will be formally assessed in the classroom and workplace. If all these assignments are completed successfully, the learner will be awarded an NQF-registered qualification that is recognised nationally.
What are the benefits of Learnerships?
Through learnerships, government promotes access to education and training because the learnership allows the learner to get started on a career while studying for an educational qualification. By embarking on a learnership programme your company therefore contributes to the economic empowerment of individuals, and the economic development of the country. Five Benefits of Learnerships
- Basic qualifications for employees
- Skilled, experienced workers who needs less supervision
- Improved productivity
- Identify and solve shortcomings in your business
- Educate and empower employees; creating a happy workforce