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Why Learnerships and Such Stuff?

A learnership is a work-based learning programme that leads to an NQF registered qualification. Learnerships are directly related to occupations or fields of work. If you have followed their path over the years, you will certainly have mixed messages about their success and wonder whether they should have a place in your training and development plans. The new BBBEE/BEE codes being implemented on the 1st May this year indicate that learnerships and such stuff, definitely do have a place in training and development. The Learning Programme Matrix for the new BBBEE/BEE codes gives a clear description of which training and development is beneficial in claiming skills development points, and a few essential details.
CategoryProgrammeNarrative DescriptionDeliver ModeLearning SiteLearning Achievement
ABursaries Institution- based theoretical instruction alone- formally assessed by the institutionInstitutional instructionInstitutions such as universities and colleges , schools ABET providersRecognised theoretical knowledge resulting in the achievement of a degree, diploma or certificate issued by an accredited or registered formal institution of learning
BInternshipsInstitution-based theoretical instruction as well as some practical learning with an employer or in a simulated work environment- formally assessed through the institutionMixed mode delivery with institutional instruction as well as supervised learning with an appropriate workplace or simulated work environmentInstitutions such as universities and colleges, schools, ABET providers and workplaceTheoretical knowledge and workplace experience with set requirements resulting in the achievements of a degree, diploma or certificate issued by an accredited or registered formal institution of learning
CLearnershipsRecognised or registered structured experimental learning in the workplace that is required after the achievement of a qualification – formally assessed by a statutory occupational or professional body.Structured learning in the workplace with mentoring or coachingWork placeOccupational or professional knowledge and experience formally recognised through registration or licensing
DLearnerships or ApprenticeshipsOccupationally- directed instructional and work – based learning programme that requires a formal contract – formally assessed by the accredited bodyInstitutional instruction together with structured, supervised experiential learning in the workplaceInstitution and workplaceTheoretical knowledge and workplace learning, resulting in the achievement of a South African Qualification Authority registered qualification, a certificate or other similar occupational or professional qualification issued by an accredited or registered formal institution of learning
EWork – integrated learningOccupationally directed instructional and work based learning programme that does not require a formal contract – formally assessed by an accredited bodyStructured supervised experiential learning in the work place which may include some institutional instructionWork place institutional as well as ABET providersCredits awarded for registered unit standards continued professional development , improved performance or skills (e.g. evidence of outputs based on performance Development Programme)
FInformal trainingOccupationally- directed informal instructional programmesStructured information sharing or direct instruction involving workshops , seminars, and conferences and short coursesInstitutions conferences and meetingsContinuing professional development, attendance certificates and credits against registered unit standards( in some instances)
GInformal trainingWork- based informal programmesInformal trainingWorkplaceIncreased understanding of job or work context or improved performance or skills
Learnerships, internships and apprenticeships therefore have much benefit in maximizing a company’s skills development score on the BBBEE/BEE scorecard. These training and development programmes also promote access to education and training because they allow a person to work in a real work environment and to potentially start a career while earning a full qualification.

Benefits for the Learner

  • better employment opportunities after completing a learnership;
  • fixed-term employment contract for the duration of the learnership;
  • chance to improve on the job performance completely relevant to the job;
  • a nationally-recognised qualification that is relevant to the sector

Benefits for the Workplace

The training and development of employees has a direct effect on the business. If the learners are unemployed, learnerships and so on create an amazing platform for possible recruitment pools and search for talent.
As already highlighted, the workplace will be assisted in maximizing its skills development score for its BBBEE/BEE scorecard. Learnerships are generally funded by a relevant SETA. Since the cost of learnerships varies across SETAs and types/levels of qualifications, it is advisable to contact the relevant SETA for more information. In general, employers are able to claim a range of grants for each time a learnership agreement is entered into.
Employers can also claim a tax incentive when registering a learnership agreement. Only learnership agreements that are formally registered SETA will qualify and SARS will check with the SETA before approving the claim. These tax rebates are beneficial is minimizing the budget for training and development while the actual training is maximizing the BBBEE/BEE scorecard.
Triple E Training Holdings (Pty) Ltd can offer you learnership that lay the foundation for the world of business and the world of manufacturing and engineering, namely:
NQF 1 Business Practice
GETC Manufacturing, Engineering and Related activities.  
There are indeed many learnerships on offer and every workplace needs to plan carefully, taking into consideration its business strategies and training and development plans before registering for a learnership. The training provider is of utmost importance as not every one of them is accredited to offer learnerships.
Learnerships and such stuff are a developmental, efficient way of equipping individual in a field of work. They can maximise your skills development scorecard for BBBEE/BEE and they can empower a workforce in doing so.
“For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.” (Aristotle)

Sources

merseta.org.za www.saqa.org.za www.themarketingsite.com www.sars.gov.za/ ~.pdf www.thedti.gov.za www.engeli.co.za