What is a Learnership?
Learnership refers to programs that provide students with valuable opportunities to develop vocational skills, knowledge and attitudes in the context of real work environments. A learnership is available to both employed learners (18.1) as well as an unemployed (18.2) learner.
What are the benefits of a Learnership?
Host employers have the opportunity:
to be involved in the education and training of young people
to meet and train potential employees and contribute to the development of a committed and skilled workforce
to enhance the professional development of their own employees as they gain experience as workplace supervisors
to meet students from diverse backgrounds who may have skills which can be useful to the organisation
Students have the opportunity:
to experience real work situations
to access industry standard facilities, equipment and experienced staff
to develop self-confidence, skills and understandings that will assist them in their transition to meaningful work
to evaluate their abilities and interests in relation to career choices.
Unemployed learners receive a monthly stipend / allowance which will assist them in procuring transport and other related costs in getting them to the workplace and for training. This intervention would keep them occupied in a working environment for a period of 12 months.
An employed learner could benefit by being enrolled on a learnership to avoid loss of income that a full-time study would cost but still be able to receive a full qualification.
Process of a learnership
The learnership process can be divided into the following 6 main components:
1. Initiate the learnership
Identify the need; and
Prepare for development.
2. Design the learnership
Source or develop Unit Standards and qualification/s;
Source or develop the curriculum framework; and
Design systems for implementation.
3. Register the learnership
4. Develop the learnership
5. Prepare for and Implement the learnership
6. Monitor and evaluate the learnership
The entire process of learnership execution is represented in Figure 1 1.
Figure 1 1: 6 stage learnership process
This document pertains to stages 5 – 6 of the learnership process and, therefore, is relevant to stakeholders who wish to implement an existing learnership.