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:
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:
What are the benefits of a learnership?
There are numerous benefits to participating in a learnership programme. These benefits include the following:
- SETA - Training
- SETA Accreditation
- SETA Training Centre
- SETA Training Material
- Services SETA Training Providers