The benefits of learnerships

Learnerships are structured programmes combining theory with practical skills within a working environment. Learners that are accepted on a Learnership, study towards a qualification which is registered on the National Qualifications Framework. A Learnership Agreement is drawn up and concluded between the employer, the learner and the accredited training provider for the duration of the Learnership programme.

What are the benefits of learnerships?

Skilled people make for better employees, which increases productivity in your organisation’s workforce.

Learners are motivated as they are gaining working experience and at the same time are working towards achieving a recognized Qualification.

Learners, if employed after successful completion of the Learnership, are less likely to leave the organisation as they know there will be an investment in their development.

SETA grant allocation towards Skills Development programmes.

B-BBEE points contribution as per Skills Development programmes.

SARS offers organisations tax incentives, for Learnerships that are registered with the organisation’s primary SETA.

Learnerships also assist in achieving the Youth Employment Service (YES) programme initiative which was launched in 2018.

Why are learnerships important?

Learnerships promote access to education and training, as they allow you to work and get started on your career while also studying for an educational qualification.

SETAs oversee learnerships and ensure that they offer qualifications related to a specific occupation or sector of the economy. All 21 SETAs have developed NQF-aligned programmes that will help you gain recognised qualifications while getting on-the-job experience.

SETAs manage the registration of learnerships in order to meet the skills development needs across the sectors.

Why were learnerships created?

The government was looking for ways to transform skills development in South Africa. In the past, education and training and workplace experience did not always provide a direct link between theory and practice.

To address this, the Skills Development Act and the Skills Levies Act were passed by Parliament, and structures and processes to transform skills development in South Africa were put in place.

The primary aim of learnerships is to address the gap between the current education and training provided and the needs of the labour market. In fact, learnerships are seen as central to skills upliftment in South Africa.

Learnership aim to address the following challenges:

  • Decreasing employment;

  • Unequal access to education and training, and employment opportunities;

  • The effects of race, gender and geographical location on educational advancement; and

  • The skills shortages in South Africa.

What are the benefits for learners?

  • You may have better employment opportunities after completing a learnership;

  • You have a fixed-term employment contract for the duration of the learnership;

  • Learnerships improve on the job performance so you are able to do things relevant to the job;

  • You obtain a nationally-recognised qualification that is relevant to the sector; and

  • You earn a learner allowance for the duration of the learnership.

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