A Learnership is a structured learning programme for
gaining theoretical knowledge and practical skills leading to a
nationally recognized and registered National Qualification Framework
(NQF) qualification. A Learnership Qualification comprises of the
following three learning components which are rolled out over an average
period of 18 months depending on the number of the credits of a
specific qualification. These components are:
- Core component: unit standard- based training directly
related to the study fields; for an example; Mechanical, Electrical,
Civil and numerous others.
- Fundamental component: unit standard- based learning components in Mathematical literacy and Communication.
component: unit standard- based learning components peripherally
related to the core element or soft skills related to life orientation.
All these components are grouped in a three year curriculum referred to
in terms of the first year; Level 2, the second year; Level 3 and the
third year as Level 4. Each of these levels is an exit level.
A Learnership is an outcomes-based training system that allows for the
certification of a candidate's experience through the recognition of
prior learning. All above components are articulates between compatible
qualifications. A learnership programme steers the learner to success
through the dedication of qualified and accredited Facilitators and
Assessors using accredited facilities (workshops) and training material.
Assessment methods ensure that individual needs are met and feedback
reports lead to learner support and hands-on mentorship. A large part of
the learnership includes practical workshop / workplace training that
are logged (log book) as experience towards a trade. Upon the successful
completion of a level, based on a quality assurance report from the
internal and the external moderator, a national qualification is awarded
by the relevant SETA.
Learnerships are available to all young, unemployed and school leavers
as well as to employees sponsored by companies supporting their
employees to further their qualifications. In most cases companies will
act as a host employer for groups sourced by themselves in a trade of
their choice. An example could be a company in the motor industry
supporting an Auto Repair and Maintenance learnership. For placement in a
learnership, a prospective candidate will have to contact the
Department of Labour/labour centre closer to candidate or should be on
the look-out for learnership opportunities in the media.
Tshwane South College for FET serves as a SETA accredited training
provider for various selected study fields (table below). If you need
more information on these training fields, or information on career
paths of your choice, you can call our office administrator at 012-380
If learners meet the entry requirements determined by the qualification
as well as the selection criteria by their host employer a partnership
contract will be signed between the relevant Seta, the host employer,
Training provider (TSC) and the learner. The host employer is obliged to
provide their learners a stipend for the duration of the programme as
well as protective clothing.
A big advantage of training on unit standard- based courses is that it
offers the opportunity to do accredited short skills courses by doing
individual unit standards or to cluster unit standards together in a
compatibly structured group. If a learner is successful in these
courses, these unit standards will be portable to various future studies
or qualifications. Interim statements of results will be issued to
learners to enhance job opportunities whilst a full qualification
certificate in each of the three levels will set the stage for a
successful career path. The following table indicate some of the unit
standards that can be individually selected or used in groups indicated