What is a Learnership?

It basically is a structured learning programme during which the learner spends some time learning theory and some time learning practical skills in the workplace. A learnership is a work-based learning programme that leads to an NQF registered qualification. Learnerships are directly related to an occupation or field of work, for example, electrical engineering, office management or project management and are managed by Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs).

They were introduced by government to help skill learners and to prepare them for the workplace. SETAs oversee learnerships and ensure that they offer qualifications related to a specific occupation or sector of the economy. All 21 SETAs have developed NQF-aligned programmes that will help you gain recognised qualifications while getting on-the-job experience.

Before the programme is implemented, a contract is drawn up by the employer, the learner and an accredited skills development training provider. Each agrees to specific conditions and the contract protects all parties for the duration of the programme.