Learnerships Available in South Africa.
Learnerships can be defined as education 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 (NQF).
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.
All the efforts of the learner leads to the general productivity of the enterprise. The company in its own way benefits in that it acquires another pair of hands which it may never have to pay for, since the productivity of the learner is all impacted on the company’s productivity.
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. However, understanding the need of getting these grants provided by the Sector Educational and Training Authorities, it will be the pleasure of companies to host these learnerships since the major benefit is to them.
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 are connected or registered into the National Qualifications Framework by the qualifications providedafter a learner qaulifies, because that qualification shall be recorded on the NQF (National Qualification Framework), which is nationally recognised and thus leading to the national recognition of the company hosting the learnerships.
The employers are not the only ones who are showered on with the privileges of the learnerships but also the learners take almost the same amount of the gains. The ability of working alone is powered on the learners due to the learnerships that they undertake.
These learnerships have made learners to go out there in the business world and create their own crafts or jobs rather than working for companies or other employers. The learnerships in South Africa have however, pushed or made the learners to work harder and strive so that they can add to the productivity of the businesses concerned or so as to add value to the companies involved.
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.