What It Is
A learnership is a combination of on-the-job and classroom training. When you've finished your learnership, you'll be both skilled and certified in your field. Learnerships used to be called apprenticeships. If you do not have a Matric but want to do a skilled job, this could be the route for you.
You Might Like It If….
- You need to earn while learning
- You want to be an expert at a trade
- You don't mind studying for some time to become an expert
How it Works
- You sign an agreement with your current employer or your new employer to join a learnership.
- Learnerships are usually organised by the Sector Education and Training Authorities.
- You take classes to learn the technical skills that you need.
- While you're doing your learnership you may earn less than a fully qualified worker. Your employer might pay for your classes, or you might get a bursary or loan from an NGO or other organisation.
- When you graduate from the program, you'll be qualified at NQF Level 4.
- You will be assessed by an educator to determine whether you will need to do ABET before begining your learnership.
How Long it Takes
- About 1 to 4 four years, depending on the trade. If you have already been doing the job for some time, and are quite skilled, it might take less time.
Why to Do It
- Find a job anywhere: When you complete the course you will have an NQF Level 4 certification. With this certificate you are qualified to work at your trade anywhere in the county.
- Get more education: With an NQF Level 4 you may be able to continue on to Higher Education and Training.
- Money: Depending on your trade, once you're qualified you can make as much as or even more than a university graduate.
Finding a Program
- Learnerships are offered in a variety of areas including agriculture, banking, textiles, and marketing. You can find a listing of all the learnerships here.
For more on learnerships and to apply you should contact the local Department of Labour Centre.
Paying for It
- Loans and grants: Some programs offer student loans or grants to help you pay the tuition. Ask the schools about financial aid programs.