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Learnerships in South Africa are a way to get a formal qualification while working and earning a monthly stipend. Employers are incentivised with tax benefits from SARS for using learnerships to train their staff. Learnerships can also be used to train currently unemployed people who could possibly be employed by the company if they successfully complete the course. Because of this, learnerships are particularly important to the continued development of South Africa's .

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.

Take a look at the Careers Portal for specific listings of learnerships with some of South Africa's largest companies.


Thousands of individuals want to upskill themselves every year. Learnerships are an intriguing option aimed at individuals who want to gain practical experience and theoretical knowledge. 


You might have heard the phrase “Never stop learning, because life never stops teaching”. Companies can learn from learners and the learner can learn from the company.


Wondering if you should allow learnerships within your business? Here's why it can be a good idea. 


A learnership offers you workplace experience while also obtaining a qualification. Here are some tips if you would like to do a learnership.


In South Africa’s tough job market, experience is an essential item on any CV. Internships are a great way to get practical work experience that will fill up your CV and teach you how to behave in a real workplace. We've got 4 tips for you to make sure your internship is a success.


Traxtion, Africa’s largest private rail freight company, is embarking on its third year of providing disability learnerships to people from within the communities the company operates from.


Developing a colleague who is appointed as an intern is serious business. This is certainly not an errand-girl or errand-boy to be treated with disdain and humiliated. 


All the elements on the B-BBEE scorecard require some financial investment from companies, many of whom are feeling the financial pinch from declining sales and revenue since the pandemic began. Investment in B-BBEE and transformation is unlikely to be top of their lists and understandably so.


In response to the skill shortage in South Africa,  learnerships were established to allow people to gain valuable skills that could ensure their success in the workplace of their choice.


Of all the records South Africa holds, the most unwanted must be the fact that our unemployment rate is now the highest in the world. The official statistics say the unemployment rate, which includes people who have stopped looking for work, rose to 44.4% in the second quarter of 2021. The reality for our youth is even worse than that, with some estimates suggesting as many as three in every four young people are jobless.


Seta is known as the Sector Education and Training Authority (SETA). They assist in promoting the development of skills in all sectors.


Preparing for a learnership interview is much like any other working interview you might experience in your lifetime, with the only difference being the difficulty in questions.


We are finding that there is still too little clarity around the subject of vocational learnerships.  Learnerships are indeed a win-win for all parties involved. 


Africa’s leading data science academy Explore Data Science Academy(EDSA) has ramped up its number of sponsored learnerships to 500 in 2020.


Skills development in South Africa is an ever evolving environment.  At times very frustrating, but so rewarding!


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


Learnerships combine learning programmes with on the job learning and training. On the job training is supported by structured or institutional learning. 


To help grow South Africa’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation 


Empowering the youth through on-the-job learning and development is one way of moving South Africa’s young folk to the centre of the country’s economic ecosystem.


With South Africa’s unemployment rate at an all-time high, Learnerships are necessary to help build a competent workforce as well as the key to boosting an organisation’s B-BBEE levels in the process.


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