Learnerships

Many people are not quite sure what a learnership is and of it is a good option for them.


What is a learnership?


A learnership is a work-based learning programme that leads to a nationally recognised qualification. Learnerships are directly related to an occupation or field of work, for example, electrical engineering, hairdressing or project management. Learnerships are managed by Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs). They were introduced by government to help skilled learners and to prepare them for the workplace.

Learnership programmes can help you to gain the necessary skills and workplace experience that will open up better employment or self-employment opportunities.


Why are learnerships important?


Learnerships promote access to education and training, as they allow you to work and get started on your career while also studying for an educational qualification.

 

SETAs oversee learnerships and ensure that they offer qualifications related to a specific occupation or sector of the economy. All 21 SETAs have developed NGF-aligned programmes that will help you gain recognised qualifications while getting on-the-job experience.


SETAs manage the registration of the learnerships in order to meet the skills development needs across the sectors.

Why were learnerships created?