tvet colleges learnership
tvet colleges learnership
WHAT IS A LEARNERSHIP?
A learnership is a learning route towards achieving a nationally recognised qualification. It is a structured learningexperience which is a combination of theoretical and workplace learning and is directed towards the achievement of a South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) registered qualification.
A learnership is administered by a SETA and is based on a contract signed by the learner, the employer, and the training provider. Learners enrolled in a learnership program attend courses to learn about the theoretical aspects of the program and receive practical experience while working. Depending on the program, learnerships can last anywhere from one to three years.
Learnerships combine structured learning with actual experience gained while working for a company, government agency, or small enterprise. Learnerships are provided to persons who have left school, college, or other training institutes after finishing some formal education, as well as those who have been unemployed for a long period of time. You must be at least 16 years old and under the age of 35 to be eligible.
A student engaged in a learnership must complete both classroom and on-the-job training at a college or training center. This means that unemployed people can only take part in a learnership if an employer is willing to give the necessary work experience.
People entering a learnership do not have to pay anything for the programme. Learnership programmes are funded by the SETAs. Instead, all unemployed people selected for a learnership programme will receive a learner allowance by the employer. The allowance is not a salary, but is intended to cover expenses like travel and meals which a learner will have to pay while doing a learnership. The precise amount of the allowance depends on the type of learnership and the level of the qualification.
Some learnerships have entry requirements that relate directly to the field of study.
Whereas some learnerships do not require learners to meet any entry requirements, others demand from learners to have a Grade 12 certificate.
For example, you will not be able to enter a learnership in the field of financial management if you have not completed some basic training in finance. It usually takes a year to complete a learnership, but some may take 2 or more years to finish. In some instances learners could finish a learnership in a shorter time through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).
A Learnership qualification consists of the following components:
Fundamentals: Basic educational requirements in a leadership – usually life skills, numeracy and literacy orcommunication skills.
Core: The core skills and knowledge required for a particular qualification
Electives: Specialised areas or the application of the core skills and knowledge in defined work situations
It is important to note that if you are unemployed when the learnership begins, there is no guarantee of a job at the end.
The employer who provides you with training does not have to offer you a job. But with a qualification and work experience you will be in a better position than before to get a job. You may also want to think about studying further or starting your business. Labour centres, private employment agencies or organisations such as the National Youth Development Agency could be helpful.
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