Workplace Learnerships: How can your business benefit?

What is a Learnership? A Learnership is a work-based learning programme, directly related to an occupation or field of work, which leads to an accredited NQF qualification. Learnerships are usually implemented over 12 months, comprising three days of training per month along with the completion of assignments.

Skills Development in the form of Work-place Learnerships

For the first quarter of 2018, more than one out of three young people aged 15 to 34 were unemployed, and not receiving any form of education or training. This relates to over 3 million people. From these statistics, we can ascertain that millions of young people are currently unable to actively participate in the economy. Poor educational foundations, a lack of skills, and no work experience (which is often required by employers) make it more difficult for these people to find employment.

How can my Company use Workplace Learnerships effectively?

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 work-place 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 candidates. They are managed by a variety of Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs). Skills development through workplace learnership is an important feature of the B-BBEE scorecard. You can use learnerships to develop on-the-job skills and talent in addition to raising your B-BBEE levels.

How will Learnerships improve my B-BBEE status?

Let us revise a few truths about B-BEEE, the scorecard, the points you can earn, and how this applies to skills development and workplace learnerships.

Priority element of the B-BBEE scorecard

Due to its prioritisation, skills development through workplace learnerships provides companies with the opportunity to earn 20 points. Take a look at the numbers:
  • If you do not achieve a 40% minimum of skills development points, you will be penalised on your rating.
  • You can claim eight points if you invest 6% of your payroll on training.
  • If you register 2.5% of your employees in learnerships and internships you can earn four points. You can gain another four points if 2.5% of your workforce is made up of Black unemployed learners.
  • Should you be able to employ the unemployed learners at the end of the learnership programme you can claim an additional five points.
With this in mind, it is important to invest in relevant, quality learnerships that will result in the escalation of the skills that will be advantageous for your company.
Triple E Training was founded in 1991. Our services include onsite learnerships and training, anywhere in South Africa. Our passion for training stems from seeing learnerships build an effective workforce. Skills development and B-BBEE levels are both imperative to the success of your business.

Tax Rebates, Grants and Reimbursements

Learnerships allow companies the opportunity to capitalise on a variety of tax rebates, grants and reimbursements. For example, should you pay your Skills Development Levy to SARS, register with the relevant SETA, submit your WSP (Workplace Skills Plan) and ATR (Annual Tax Return) each year, you will qualify for further reimbursements on your SDL spend which can, in turn, be used to pay for training. Besides all of the above benefits, the real motive for implementing learnerships is to progressively empower your business with the necessary skills. The people you select to participate in your work-based learnership can receive targeted training in line with your company’s specific needs.

What are the benefits of Workplace Learnerships for my Company?

Government, in their Draft National Youth Policy 2020, sets out a number of goals and commitments to advance youth development including learnerships and internships focused on raising the skills capacity of young people through Sector Education and Training Authorities.
The ultimate requirement of a learnership is a combination of both a formal qualification and work-place experience.

What are the benefits for Your business?

  • Your company is enriched with employees who have attained new skills that were scarce before. Your SETA will be able to assist you in finding the relevant skills that need upliftment.
  • Having skilled employees would give you an advantage in your industry as you would be cultivating the necessary skills for your industry.
  • SATS has introduced incentives to encourage businesses to implement workplace learnerships. Section 12H of the Income Tax Act allows employers to claim between R20 000 and R40 000 when you start a learnership in your company. When the learnership is successfully completed, another allowance (between R20 000 and R40 000) may be claimed. However, the latter may only be claimed if the qualification is passed.
  • In addition to the Learnership Tax Incentive mentioned above, the Employment Tax Incentive (ETI) is another mechanism which seeks to encourage employers to hire young work seekers. The ETI can be claimed by employers, monthly, for employees between the ages of 18 and 29. Employees who qualify must have been hired on or after 1 October 2013. If the ETI claim is successful, employers will receive a deduction on their PAYE for each qualifying employee whilst leaving the wage received by the employee unaffected.
  • How would you register a Learnership?

    • Identify the scarce or critical skills needed in your company and industry.
    • Decide what qualification you are going to offer as part of the Learnership.
    • Select your candidates from among your existing workforce and from unemployed people in the community.
    • Always do a Placement Assessment.
    • Choose an accredited training provider.
    • Register the learnership with the relevant SETA.
    • Educate your employees – Enrich their lives – Empower your organisation.

    Call Triple E Training

    At Triple E Training we are geared towards advising and assisting you with regard to all your Skills Development and Learnership needs. We provide the following work-based Adult Education and Training programmes and services:
    1. Assessments
    2. AET/ABET Adult Basic Education and Training
    3. FLC Foundational Learning Competence
    4. REALLL Rapid Effective Accelerated Life-long Learning
    5. Learnerships
    We come to you for on-site-training no matter where in South Africa you are
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