In the past, educational qualifications have been divorced from the working world. They have been primarily focussed on providing learners with knowledge. As such learners would enter the working world with no clear understanding of "how" to implement or use the knowledge gained through their education.
In many cases, learners were taught theory and concepts they would never have to apply in their natural lives. In the same context, company training programmes would focus on how to perform certain tasks in the working environment, but would not provide the understanding of "why" the theory behind these tasks.
Learnerships have the following key differences:
Learnerships are based on "outcomes". A learner's success will be dependant on whether he/she can practically apply the knowledge and skills learned.
Learnerships combine both Theory and Practice.
Learnerships have assessments through various stages of the learnership to ensure that a learner is able to perform tasks for which they have learned, unlike the old apprentice programmes which only assessed competence at the end of the learning.
Learnerships are designed for all levels of the NQF. As such anyone can enter a learnership aged between 16 and 60, unlike apprenticeships which were mainly intended for younger people starting their working lives.
Learnerships are Nationally recognised qualifications.