Learners - FAQ's
Table of Contents
- What is a
- Who can apply for
- How much will it
- How long will it
- Who organises a
- What does it mean
for me if I go on a learnership?
- Will I have a job
after completing a learnership?
Questions and Answers:
- Q: What is a learnership?
A: A learnership
is a new training programme. It is a mixture of on-the-job training and
education and training that is provide in a technical college,
technikon, university or training centre. A person who completes a
learnership successfully will have a qualification that is recognised
throughout the country.
Learnerships are new and different because they are about making sure
that people can use the skills that they have learnt. You cannot learn
practical workday skills in a classroom. You need practical, hands on
experience. It is also important though, to understand why things are
done in a certain way. A learnership includes both the workplace and the
classroom - how to do things and why they are done in a particular way.
A learnership is just like learning to drive. There is theory -
learning from books and in a classroom. There is practical work with
someone showing you what to do. There are tests from time to time -
called assessments - to make sure that you can do what you have been
trained to do. This test will not be like writing an examination. It
will include you doing something practical.
The end result of a learnership is a qualification. This
qualification might be a basic one, or one that is the equivalent of a
matriculation certificate, a higher education diploma or even a degree.
In addition to learning a trade or skill, a learnership may also help
to improve basic reading and mathematics. It may help you to get some
computer skills and learn about how to deal with practical workplace
problems and how to work better in teams.
- Q: Who can apply for a learnership?
Anyone can apply for a learnership. This means that learnerships should
be available for people already in jobs, for young people leaving
schools and colleges and for unemployed people as well. There are no age
- Q: How much will it cost?
A: There is no
charge for a person to go on a learnership and employers have to pay you
an allowance while you are on the learnership programme. All it will
cost you is your commitment and dedication to the process.
- Q: How long will it take?
A: The length of
a learnership will depend on the level of training. Some learnerships
might last two or three years and others may be much shorter.
If you have been working for some time, but have no qualification,
the skills that you have learnt on the job can be tested and this might
make the learnership shorter. This is called recognition of prior
learning or experience (Recognition of Prior
Learning (RPL). It is a way of recognising that someone who has been
doing a job does not need the same training as someone who is new to a
- Q: Who organises a learnership?
Learnerships are provided by employers, because the training has to have
workplace experience. The learnership is approved by an organisation
called a Sector
Education and Training Authority (SETA). They ensure that
learnerships are properly organised and in an occupation where there are
likely to be jobs. Learnerships will also give people skills to set up
their own businesses.
A learnership includes theory. Some large employers will have their
own training centres and can provide the classroom part of the
learnership. Others will work with a training provider to do this,
perhaps a technical college or technikon.
- Q: What does it mean for me if I go on a
A: If you are accepted for a learnership you
will have to sign a legal agreement with the employer. The person or
organisation that provides the theory part of the training also has to
sign this agreement. This will spell out what is expected of you and
what you will have to do, as well as what you are entitled to expect
from your employer and your training provider.
- Q: Will I have a job after completing a
A: If you are unemployed when the
learnership begins, there is no guarantee of a job at the end. The
employer who provides you with the training does not have to offer you a
job, but with a qualification and work experience, you stand a better
chance of becoming employed.