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 .

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

"It is extremely gratifying to see how learners in our sector have empowered themselves by embracing fully the opportunity to improve their skills levels through learnerships,' says Bankseta Skills Development and Learnership Manager,' Sandra Dunn.

The true measure of any learnership?s success is its ability to transform learners? lives for the better,' says Bankseta CEO, Frank Groenewald. The success stories that come from their learners are a testament to their positive impact.

Letsema, the Bankseta's Learnership Project has already seen 825 learners placed in banks, and part two of the project is on the way.

Research has been commissioned by the Department of Labour to find out, once and for all, whether the national Learnership initiative is bearing fruit.

Here are some tips if you would like to do a learnership.

190 learners have embarked on a marketing learnership with PostNet's nationwide retail chain.

The Umsobomvu Youth Fund has invited unemployed young people to register on its online information portal and compile profiles that could become their passport to employment opportunities.

Finance Seta Fasset is making R25 000 grants available to employers in their sector who sign previously disadvantaged individuals onto learnerships.

The economy of the Eastern Cape is set for a boost with 160 learners who have completed a learnership now set to participate in the tourism sector.

The assessment system used for a learnership should serve to promote quality training and give awards for achieved competencies.

A learnership contract is entered into between the learner, the training provider and the employer.

Grants from Setas and tax incentives are available to companies to encourage them to take on learners on learnerships.

Setas approve learnerships but before that a number of development stages have to be completed when learnerships are developed.

Learnerships are defined by a number of key principles.

A learnership is a vocational education and training programme to facilitate the linkage between structured learning and work experience in order to obtain a registered qualification.

Learnerships are based on outcomes and include both theory and practice.

A number of issues have to be addressed prior to implementation of Learnerships.

Well known economist, Dr Iraj Abedian has his own recipe for a successful South African economy: skills, skills and more skills!


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