Education – Getting Started & Next Steps

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South Africa Learnership Programs

Learnership programs are incentives which are work-based and lead to people getting NQF registered qualifications. Those people with disabilities in South Africa are the ones who mostly get to enroll for these programs. These programs help to train people for occupations such as hairdressing, engineering as well as project management. The main reason as to why the government deployed these programs was so that learners can gain workplace experience as well as skills in order to get better employment opportunities. Those who participate in these programs get the right education access and training as they get to study while working on their careers. Learnership programs were mainly started in order to fill the existing gap between the education system and training required in order for learners to fulfill the needs of the labor market.

There are various challenges that have been addressed by these learnership programs including unequal access to training, employment and education opportunities. It has also helped to solve the issue of increased unemployment as well as the shortage of skills in South Africa. In order for one to graduate in this field, they are required to complete a course involving both theory and practical work done at the workplace. The employer offering the training, the learner as well as the training provider in charge of theory are the only parties involved in such a program. Those who have completed their college education can enroll for these programs. One simply has to be above 16 and below 35 years of age in order to be eligible for the program.

If at all there is an employer who is willing to provide the training and work experience, then unemployed people can participate in the program. The learner, trainer as well as the employer are usually bounded by the contract. In the contract, there are terms that require the learner to be taken in by the employer within the duration of the learnership program. After the program is over, the employer decides whether they are willing to continue employing the learner or not depending on their skills.

There are different requirements for various learnership programs. It is due to this reason that one should ensure they call the program provider to get the necessary details regarding the learnership program. Enhanced job performance, a fixed-term employment contract as well as better employment opportunities are some of the benefits of enrolling in such a program. One is also able to get an allowance during the training period.

The training period is inclusive of practical tasks, assignments, projects and other tasks that one is required to handle. The learner’s classroom or workplace is usually the venue for assessing their skills.