How to Apply For a Learnership

Submitted by Suzaan Beneke on Fri, 12/18/2020 - 10:40

Joining a learnership programme has become a popular third option for matriculants so let’s look at how you can find one that will suit you and your educational needs best.

Learnerships can play a huge role in preparing you for your future career but only if it’s a quality programme.

Just a quick recap - A learnership is a work-based training programme that lets you study towards a formal qualification while also gaining hands-on experience in the workplace. It links to a specific occupation and offers both theoretical and practical training in the field.

It’s your job as the learner to identify which company can offer you the knowledge and training you’ll need to be successful.

That can be quite difficult, especially if you’re just starting out. So, to help you find a programme that will suit your needs, here’s what to look for during your next search.

According to the Skills Development Act – at its core - a learnership must:

  • Contain a structured learning component, 
  • offer practical work experience,
  • lead to a qualification, and
  • be related to a specific occupation.

Applying for a learnership programme

  • Identify two or three qualifications that you are interested in,
  • Contact a Sectoral Education and Training Authority (SETA),
  • Ask to be transferred to the relevant department,
  • Ask to be put through to the Learnerships department.

Once you're on the line with someone, ask them if there are any learnerships available in your field and what you'll need to do to apply.

If you have a specific company in mind or you are interested in a particular programme at a  business, follow these three steps: 

  • Contact the company's HR department
  • Ask if they have a learnership or apprenticeship program that you could apply to.
  • Get the details on what you'll need to forward to them and make it happen!

REMEMBER: When you apply, be sure to use the correct grammar and spelling. Also, go over all your documents and information before sending to check for any errors you may have missed.

What are the entry requirements?

Different learnerships have different entry requirements so it would be a good idea to contact the employer for more details on what you’ll need.

For many learnerships though, candidates must:

  • Have a National Senior Certificate (Matric)
  • Be able to read, write and speak English
  • Be computer literate
  • Be self-motivated and a team player
  • Flexibility with a commitment to learning, but also a willingness to work

They must not:

  • have a permanent job
  • be registered with any other institute for a learnership
  • be studying at an institute of higher learning

The Bottom Line

You should know by now which career path you want to follow, so make sure you choose a learnership that is closely related to your career goals and the areas in which you have some talent or skills.

For example, if you have a passion for cooking, it’s worth looking into a hospitality learnership to develop your skills and build a career from there.

Find a learnership that matches your interest, talents and goals to start your journey to a successful career in your field of choice.