Learnerships: Getting Back to Basics

Learnerships play a vital role in equipping the youth of South Africa with essential skills. They were introduced by the government to help prepare learners for the demands of the working world. Unlike purely theoretical courses, a learnership combines theory with on-the-job training, giving learners access to much-needed work experience. Learners are also equipped with critical skills like communication and teamwork.

Learnerships are managed by Skills Education and Training Authorities (SETAs). SETAs identify skills gaps within a particular sector and provide employers with relevant training programmes to address these gaps. They also provide funding for a number of education programmes which include skill development programmes like learnerships.

What learnerships does Primus offer?

Primus offers a range of vocationally-directed learnerships across industries such as manufacturing, engineering, management and warehousing. These fully-accredited qualifications align with the requirements of the National Qualifications Framework (NQF). Programmes on offer include a National Certificate for Manufacturing, Engineering and related activities as well as a National Certificate in Management: Store and Warehousing. We also offer courses in manufacturing assembly operations and agriculture.

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How long does it take to complete a learnership? Most learnerships take 12 months to complete and result in a nationally recognised qualification that is aligned with the National Qualifications Framework (NQF).

The cost of a learnership

The cost differs according to the specific service provider. Our Port Elizabeth-based learnerships cost approximately R19 000 for able-bodied persons and R29 000 for persons with disabilities. For learnerships in Johannesburg, Cape Town or Pretoria, learnerships cost approximately R25 000 for able-bodied persons and R35 000 for persons with disabilities.

What are the benefits of learnerships to employers? One major benefit of learnership programmes is that they provide employers with a skilled workforce that can add value to their business. Learnerships are also highly convenient, as they prioritise on-the-job training. This means that learners can be trained without interrupting the workflow and productivity of your business.

There are also B-BBEE benefits. By participating in learnerships, businesses can earn skills development points on their B-BBEE scorecard. This can boost the overall B-BBEE score of your business, resulting in a more competitive company profile.

Additionally, businesses can earn tax incentives for every successfully completed learnership. Upon successful completion, businesses can claim up to R40 000 for every registered able-bodied learner and R60 000 per disabled learner. If the learners are deemed competent, businesses can claim bonuses to the same values for each learner as tax concessions, deductible from their annual taxable income.

The next step

If you’re interested in gaining a skilled workforce, increasing your business’s B-BBEE points and earning tax incentives, then you should consider offering learnerships. With over 20 years of experience in the skills development sector, Primus can provide world-class learnerships that will prime learners for the demands of your specific industry.

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