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Frequently asked questions about learnerships:
Prospective employers can download a complete guide for employers here,
while prospective students can download the information below here.
Who can apply for a Learnership?
Anyone can apply for a learnership. This means that it should be available for young people leaving schools and colleges and for unemployed people, as well as for people already in jobs. Learnerships are not restricted to any age group.
How much will it cost?
There is no charge for a person to go on a learnership. Everyone selected for a learnership programme must be paid a learner allowance by the employer.
How long does it take?
The length of a learnership will differ but will normally not be less than one year. The learnership will start in April 2006 and end in April 2007.
What does it mean for me if I go on a learnership?
If you are accepted for a learnership you will have to sign a legal agreement with the employer. The person or organization that provides the theory part of the training also has to sign this agreement. This will spell out what is expected of you and what you will have to do.
Who are involved in the learnership and what are their roles?
What will I get at the end of the Learnership?
- The learner is placed in a learnership, signs a legal agreement with an employer, stating the rights and responsibilities of the learner, and follows the learning programme
- The employer provides the work experience part of the learnership and signs the same legal agreement stating the employer’s rights and responsibilities, including agreements on the level of the learnership allowance
- Training providers provide the training on behalf of the employer and sign the same legal agreement stating the training provider’s rights and responsibilities
- A Sector Education and Training Authority (SETA) organizes and facilitates the funding of learnerships in a specific area of the economy (for example transport or tourism and hospitality or agriculture), and ensures that the training is up to industry standard (quality assurance)
- The Department of Labour recruits, selects and refers unemployed people who meet the minimum criteria for a particular learnership to employers looking for learners. The employer makes the final decision.
If the learnership is completed successfully you will have a qualification that is recognized throughout the country. To prove that you have the qualification you will be given a certificate. This certificate will describe the skills that you will have learnt.
Will I get a job after completing the Learnership?
If you are unemployed when the learnership begins, there is no guarantee of a job at the end. The employer who provides you with training does not have to offer you a job. But with a qualification and work experience you will be in a better position to get a job than before. You might also want to think about getting more qualifications or starting up a business on your own.
We also offer accommodation (if needed) for the duration of the learnership.