Learnership Programs in South Africa

Learnership is a programme that provides you with both theoretical knowledge and practical skills in the field of your matric. It also adds to your working experience and brings many important business contacts.

In South Africa, learnership programmes are regulated by The National Qualifications Framework (NQF) standards and they are completed in one year. Furthermore, there is a process of obtaining the SETA certificate. SETA is short for Sector Education and Training Authority. There are 21 different SETAs at this time in South Africa, covering different industries, such as BANKSETA, Services SETA and so on.

Learnership is available to both employed and unemployed individuals. Either way, learnership is free for all participants, since the expenses are covered by SETA. Usually, the only requirement is your matric. For more detailed information on the requirements and learnership programme in general, be sure to contact the appropriate SETA, either by visiting their official website, or by contacting SETA officials in person, in local SETA offices.

No matter if you are still unemployed or you already have a job, you can benefit from completing learnership programme. If you are unemployed, nationally recognised qualification and achieved working experience will certainly make your job hunt a lot easier. If you do have a job, this can help you get a raise or redeployment to a different, better paid and more desirable position. You can also find a better job in a different company much easier if you have one of the learnership programmes completed and officially recognised. And last, but not the least, while completing your learnership, you will meet a lot of people from your industry, thus acquiring a lot of valuable contacts. You should know that these contacts often prove to be a critical factor in getting a job or making a progress in your career.

There are numerous learnership programmes, practically for any industry in which you have a matric. Listing all these programmes here would be almost impossible, so the best way to find out which learnership programmes are available to you is to visit the official website or SETA responsible for your field, or contact them in person, in their local offices.

During a 12-month period, you will complete theoretical part of the programme, as well as the practical course, which should enable you to achieve practical skills and knowledge, as well as valuable working experience. Theoretical segment is classroom-based and it is there to increase the theoretical knowledge you have acquired at your studies. Practical part of the programme comprises of practical work at some company, which should enable you to put in practice all the things you have learned during the theoretical part of the course. That way, you will finish the learnership programme having much more theoretical knowledge and practical skills, as well as working experience and valuable business contacts.

The best way to find and apply for a learnership programme is to visit the appropriate SETA's website or visit their local offices. There you will be provided with all necessary information, regarding the exact requirements and the application process. You can also perform the internet search; however, contacting SETA is still going to be necessary and the most important step in the whole process.


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