The power of the learnership

Exploring the important role that learnerships play in combatting unemployment and assisting the youth in furthering their future.

It is extremely unsettling to know that 50.9% of South Africa’s youth are unemployed. Thus, it is evident that more focus needs to be placed on facilitating the youth in entering the job market without a formal tertiary qualification, allowing them the opportunity to contribute positively to the country's economy.

Thus, it is evident that more focus needs to be placed on how we can assist the youth in entering the job market without a formal tertiary qualification in order to contribute positively to the country's economy.

Competitive Job Market

The job market is a competitive one, with the requirements of gaining first time employment becoming more out of reach for many young South Africans especially for people with disabilities. A tertiary qualification and experience seem to be essential and appear on many companies’ list of requirements.

Many dream of one day attaining a tertiary qualification, however, it remains just that, a dream. Due to the lack of funds and many other reasons, a secondary or even primary education is unobtainable, never mind a tertiary qualification. According to Progression’s database only 5% of PWD have a matric.

This is where the importance and value of learnerships becomes evident. Although legislative requirements such as the Skills Development Act and the B-BBEE Codes of Good Practice drive companies to implement learnerships, there are other, more important reasons and benefits of implementing a learnership.

A learnership could be the answer to addressing the critical skills gap that exists in various industries and help combat unemployment. Many employers are unaware of the fact that completing a NQF level 4 learnership can be seen as the equivalent of obtaining a matric. This, along with the practical experience gained while on a learnership, exponentially increases an individual’s chance of finding employment

What is a Learnership?

A learnership is an accredited training programme that runs for a minimum of 12 months and ends in the learner achieving a qualification after the completion of the programme. A learnership is most effective when the learner's training and/or qualification stream is directly related to the requirements of their job. This allows the learner to develop the vital skills needed in the trade and industry and overcome the skills shortage experienced in South Africa.

Benefits to the learner:

  • • Increase employment opportunities

  • • Provides easy access to formal learning

  • • Assists in career-pathing and self-development
  • • Provides a way to earn a salary while studying.
  • • Gain valuable workplace experience

Benefits to the employer:

  • It provides the organization with the opportunity to grow their own talent. Not only is this much cheaper but produces a much better caliber of people that meet the unique needs of your organisation.
  • Learnerships aid in reaching your Employment Equity targets, as it provides previously disadvantaged people and PWDs with the opportunity to improve their work-related competence and obtain qualifications.
  • Improve your organisation’s competitiveness by gaining valuable B-BBEE points.
  • As previously stated, learnerships consist of both theoretical and practical components and thus, provides a truly meaningful way of learning.
  • Captitalise on the available learnership Tax Break and Employment Tax Incentive.
  • The value added to the life of the learner is priceless.

Progression places around 400 learners on learnerships per year. We strive to increase this number every year and seek the help of corporates to do so. Learnerships are key in reducing South Africa’s distressing unemployment rate and provide hope and opportunity to the many jobless youths yearning for a brighter future.

For more information on what learnerships Progression can provide, click here.

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