A learnership is a structured learning process for gaining theoretical knowledge and practical skills in the workplace leading to a qualification registered on the NQF.
A learnership is outcomes-based and not time-based and allows for recognition of prior learning. Learnership duration varies but the average is about 18 months.
Note: In practice, to attain an artisan equivalent qualification (NQF level 4) three separate learnerships will have to be completed (i.e. qualifications at NQF levels 2, 3 and 4 will have to be attained).
Learners may be existing employees or new entrants.
Learners must meet the entry requirements for the particular learnership as determined by the qualification requirements on which the learnership is based and learners must meet the selection criteria determined by the organisation taking on the learner.
Employers are workplace approved and are required to meet the pre registration criteria.
Training providers are accredited to provide the chosen learnership by the merSETA ETQA
Learner is selected by the company recruitment process.
Learnership agreement is signed between the employer, provider and learner (tripartite agreement)
Short-term employment contract is signed between the employer and the learner if the learner is unemployed.
The learning programme and process is discussed and agreed to with the provider.
Employer funds the learnership, grants in some instances may be obtained from the merSETA.
Employer and provider provide relevant learning and experience, working closely to manage the learnership process.
Learner is provided with support through mentoring and feedback.
Learner is assessed by a qualified assessor(formative and summative assessments)
The merSETA Quality Assuror is called to undertake moderation of the assessment and internal moderation must be undertaken by the provider.
On successful completion of the learnership, a national qualification is awarded to the learner.
The unemployed / pre-employed learner is paid an allowance. The minimum allowances for learners are regulated.
The employed learner continues to receive his/her current salary.
Grants from merSETA :
Contact the merSETA regional office for details on discretionary grants or visit the merSETA website at : www.merseta.org.za
A tax rebate for employers can also be claimed from SARS.