LEARNERSHIPS

What is a “learnership” ?

- a one year long (sometimes 2 or more) training ;

it leads to a recognised qualification in a “non artisan” trade occupation (NQF 1 to 8) : nurse, IT technician, etc. 

-  combines classes at a college/training centre (30 % of the time) with work in a company, government department or small business (70 %).

- free of charge and you receive an allowance to study and get job training. It gives you a better chance of finding a job.

- At the end of the learnership, you will get a national certificate and work experience. 


Examples :

- AA Technical college
Grade 12 learners with math and sciences can find learnerships as mechanic and study at the AA college

-CAT (Commercial Advance Training) 18 months program :  students must find a company which will accept to train them based on 2 weeks school and 2 weeks in the company.

Learneships give you a better chance to find a work but it is critical to check the quality of the course beforehand.

What is the NQF level ?


The NQF (National qualification framework)  help you to know what is the level of your certificate/diploma.

level 1 = equivalent to Grade 9
level 2 = grade 10 and NVC level 2
level 3 = grade 11 and NCV level 3
level 4 = Matric, NCV level 4
level 5 = Higher Certificates and Advanced National Certificate.

For instance, in the energy sector, you can get  a national certificates in "electrical engineering" in level 1 (construction), level 2 (electrical construction), level 3 (transmission), level 4 (generation), level 5 (hydro power plant). ..So it is important to check the NQF level before you start the learnership !!

Who is offering learnerships ?

Learnerships are offered by :

1. SETA’s - "Sector education and training authorities" (there are 21 corresponding to  each economic sectors) 

For instance,  BANKSETA provides trainings in the  banking sector (www.bankseta.org.za/), such as  FNB  and Standard Bank learnerships (1 year) leading to a National Certificate in Banking (NQF level 4). You can apply online on the banks’ websites.

2. Private companies

For instance, Retail Relate (www.retailrelate.co.za[HR4] ) has a program for underprivileged youngsters aged 18-25 who passed their Matric: the Unemployed youth assistance programme (UNYAP) which leads to a NQF 5 qualifications in retail – 70 % of the 160 young people who have graduate found a full-time job.

The SABC offers a TV and Radio scarce skills programme for Matriculants interested in video technology.

3. Public sector
Community Development Worker ; Emergency Operations ; Municipal Finance Management, etc.
Bursaries are offered by the Local government SETA

4.  TVET and private colleges 
You can also check their websites

How do I apply for a learnership?


·         Anyone can apply for a learnership as long as you are not at school or college. There is generally no age restriction.

·         If you are unemployed, you must register at the nearest office at the Department of Labour – you can go to any Employment Skills Development Agency [HR8] (ESDA).

·         The ESDA will contact you if you meet the minimum criteria for a learnership with a specific employer.

·         However it is better if you also look for an employer by yourself:
·      Check for learnership advertisements in newspaper, online, and on companies’ websites;
·         Prepare your CV and make sure that your subjects/qualifications are suitable for the learnership you are interested in.
·         Send your CV to the Human Resources department (for attention “Skills development division” unless otherwise indicated in the ad) of employers which offer learnerships in the sectors you are interested in (eg nursing in public and private hospitals).


Contacts :


Department of Higher Education and Training  learning program manager-012 312 5136 

Career Advice Helpline -0860 111 673 - sms 072 204-5056


List of learnerships :






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