What is a learnership?

A learnership is a work-based route to a qualification. It is a work-place education and training programme comprising of both structured practical work-place (on-the-job) experience and structured theoretical training. The duration of a learnership is approximately twelve months, and results in a full qualification.

Learnerships are important because success is measured in terms of actual skills that the learner acquires. A learner is taught why and how things are done and must understand the theory that supports the practice.

Learnerships help people to improve basic literacy and numeracy. The learners are assessed at various stages to see if they are progressing and able to perform the tasks for which that are being trained.

The NQF qualification is nationally recognised.

Why learnerships?

  • To fast track the development of current employees.
  • To offer employees an opportunity to obtain a nationally recognised qualification;
  • To recognise experience and knowledge acquired by employees through formal learning;
  • To offer learners much needed work experience; and
  • To expose the unemployed learners to better job prospects.


Benefits of participating

  • A nationally recognised qualification;
  • Practical workplace experience for learners;
  • Recognition of past work experience and knowledge obtained by the learner formally or informally through the process of Recognition Prior Learning (RPL);
  • Exposure to actual job environment;
  • Serves as an entry point for young people into industry/employment; and
  • Provides a route to employment/ self-employment.