Learnerships in South Africa.
Learnerships are called educational or learning programs that are structured, having a theory part and a practical part which both leads to a qualification, a qualification which is however, registered on the National Qualifications Framework.
Benefits come along with learnerships on both sides, the employer’s side and also the learner side. Let us first focus on the benefits of learnerships on the employer side or part.
Your efforts and productivity as a learner is impacted on the company concerned. What this depicts is that the company has received another set of hands to carry out its duties which they may not have ton pay for.
SETAs or in other words, Sector Educational and Training Authorities provide grants for the learnerships so as to make them attractive, and governments provide tax incentives. Being in the know-how that all these grants provided by the Sector Educational and Training Authorities will come to the managers, it will be their pleasure to host these learnerships and this will be a very significant benefit o them as the employers.
Companies in South Africa have been pushed to the high competitive business world because of the learnerships available in their enterprises, which, however, offer more manpower and the increased productivity needed.
Learnerships enable the national recognition of the companies hosting the learnerships reason being, the learnerships are connected to the National Qualification Framework which is recognised nationally.
The advantages of the learnerships are divided between the two parties, the employers and also the learners in these learnerships. The learnerships enable the students to gain the capacity to work independently and also work with less or no supervision whatsoever.
These learnerships enable learners to go out there in the business world and create their own craft or jobs in the same way, rather than working for companies or other employers. Learnerships enable learners to strive and work hard so they can add value and productivity to the business.
The learners involved in these South African learnerships gain a qualification which is registered on the National Qualification Framework (NQF), which is, however, a structured program that is in the same way, nationally recognized in South Africa.
The learnerships in South Africa, however, provide room for personal development for the learners involved in them, and they also raise the self- esteem and self image of the very concerned learner.
South African learnerships have indeed promoted businesses and personal development for learners all over the country and also internationally, since these learners do not have the limit not to go out there even abroad, to exercise their skills.