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Learnerships

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.

Learnerships have been promoted as the primary tool to address the country’s skills shortage and to assist young people acquire skills that will secure them employment. But with the Minister of Labour highlighting incidences of abuse of learners, how do we maintain trust in this new form of training and ensure high standards of learning?

Finance Minister Trevor Manuel has announced a number of changes to the learnership allowance to further encourage the use of learnerships to promote training and job creation, and to assist employers of learners with disabilities.

Employers looking for suitably qualified young people for training and employment opportunities can now access the Umsobomvu's database of nearly 40 000 proactive youth.

It was the "end of a dream? for 543 domestic workers as they stepped on stage to receive their Learnership certificates from Western Cape Premier Ebrahim Rasool.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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