A learnership is a vocational education and training programme to facilitate the linkage between structured learning and work experience in order to obtain a registered qualification. It combines theory and workplace practice into a qualification that is registered on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF). Jul 30, 2004
The importance of learnerships
What are the benefits of learnerships to employers?
- provide a programme which is outcomes-based;
- allow the learner access to a working environment (practical) that is pertinent to the theory;
- allow the learner to experience and understand the workplace dynamics;
- allow assessment to occur at various stages, based on the learners’ competence (learner centred) and;
- the qualification gained is recognised both nationally and in many instances is benchmarked against international standards.
- Learnerships involve a high portion of on-the-job training so your productivity is not impacted as much as with traditional learning methods.
- Learnerships carry tax incentives and grants to make them more financially attractive. SETAS offer cash grants for learnerships and the government offers companies tax incentives participating in learnerships.
- You business can improve its competitiveness by earning additional points on the BEE scorecard that are reserved for learnership training.
- Learnerships are practical and can only be registered if they relate to existing skills needs in an economic sector.
- Learnerships are plugged into the National Qualifications Framework so that they give access to further learning and are nationally recognised.
As training programmes that combine theory and relevant practical elements, learnerships create skilled people who:
- tend to work more independently, need less supervision and possess enhanced problem solving capabilities;
- are motivated and strive to add value to the business;
- are less likely to leave a company that takes an interest and invests in their personal and professional development.
- entering into learning contracts with unemployed people, contributes to building up the skills pool, from which employers may recruit relevant skills as needed.
- the more skills gained, the greater the productivity and the more meaningful the individual’s contribution to South Africa’s global competitiveness and to creating an environment conducive to investment.