What are learnerships?


What are learnerships?

The learnership model emanated from the apprenticeship model through the South African skills development act of 1998. Learnerships are a revamped apprenticeship in the sense that they are learning programmes that use the on-the-job training approach, however, they have to be supported by institutional learning. Learnerships are work-based learning programmes and run for up to 2 years.

They involve three parties, the learner, employer and a training institution. The three parties enter a legally binding agreement that spells out the duties of the learner, employer and training institute. Having completed your learnership programme successfully you will be awarded an NQF-registered qualification, which is recognized nationally.

Learnerships allow you to work and pursue your career whilst also getting an educational qualification in the end. If you have completed school, college or any training programme you are eligible for a learnership. However, you must be older than 16 and younger than 35 for you to be accepted for a learnership.


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