SETA Learnerships


What are SETA learnerships?

A learnership is a structured learning programme that combines theoretical learning and practical workplace experience. If completed successfully, learnerships lead to a qualification registered on the NQF. According to the Skills Development Act, a learnership must contain the following elements:

  • A structured learning component (theoretical training)
  • Practical work experience (on-the-job training)
  • It must lead to a qualification (if completed successfully)
  • It must relate to an occupation
  • SETAs do not create the learnerships themselves or provide learnerships directly, but facilitate the implementation of learnerships and the recruitment of learners. SETAs also subsidise the provision of the theoretical training by an accredited training provider, and in some cases they also subsidise the learners’ allowances or stipends.

    How can SETA learnerships be obtained?

    Potential learners can send their applications for learnerships to the SETA responsible for the relevant industry sector. The SETA will then usually forward the applications to employers, who will do the short-listing, interviewing and selection of candidates for the learnerships. The SETA is then responsible for registering the learnership with the Department of Higher Education. Learnerships are available both to unemployed people as well as to people who are already employed but wish to undergo further training or to upgrade their qualifications.

    Minimum entry requirements for learnerships:

     For some learnership programmes, there are no entry requirements other than that the prospective learner must be of minimum working age in terms of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act (currently 15 years of age), while for other learnership programmes, a Grade 12 certificate is required.

    Role of the employer in implementing a learnership:

    The employer will be responsible for the following in relation to a learnership:

  • Applying for accreditation as an accredited workplace training provider with the relevant SETA.
  • The creation of learnerships and the short-listing, interviewing and selection of candidates for learnerships.
  • Registration of the learner with the relevant SETA and assisting the learner with registration with an accredited training provider for the theoretical component of the learnership.
  • Signing an employment contract with the learner.
  • Signing a Learnership Agreement with the learner (this agreement must be signed by the learner, the employer, and the training provider).
  • Submission of the Learnership Agreement to the relevant SETA.
  • What are the benefits of a learnership?

    There are numerous benefits to participating in a learnership programme. These benefits include the following:

  • Easier and more affordable access to learning
  • Increased employment opportunities due to the practical work experience gained and the opportunity for networking
  • An opportunity to learn more about different career options
  • Earning a full qualification upon successful completion of the learnership