The benefits of learnerships



Learnerships are structured programmes combining theory with practical skills within a working environment. 



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.

To assure your company gets the maximum benefits from Learnership Training, you need to make use of a reputable and experienced Training Provider such as Academy Training Group (ATG).

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The Learnership programme was developed in South Africa as a modern way to advance apprenticeships to meet the modern demands of the workplace. Learnerships also manage to formalise the learning and workplace experience - which is usually sadly lacking in internships offered by companies.

Another significant benefit of Learnerships over internships is that Learnerships come with a formal pay structure where learners will be paid a monthly stipend, or payment, for the time they are on the Learnership. Also, internships do not have a learning component, while Learnerships are all linked directly to a formal qualification.


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