A Learnership programme improves skills and work performance of employees and unemployed people, especially those living with a disability. Learnerships are work-based programmes that offer an NQF-registered qualification. Developed in consultation with relevant shareholders, the learnership programme is designed for a specific occupation or field of work, of which qualifications are given accordingly. There are three parties involved in a learnership programme:
- The Learner
- The employer
- The training provider
Action for Blind and Disabled is an accredited training provider that delivers outsource learnership solutions that meet specific workplace and regulatory requirements for the scorecard holder and maximize SARS rebates for your company by utilizing Action’s extensive experience with disabled learners. We ensure that employers gain employees that are competent and qualified to do the tasks and duties required of them and more. According to a Statistics SA survey, around 2.9 million South Africans are living with disabilities, yet only 1% of people living with disabilities are employed.
By outsourcing learnership for disabled people, you gain the necessary staff to meet Equity Employment targets for the twelve month learnership period. At no cost to the company, because disabled learnerships carry a double SARS rebate, necessary Score Card points, as well as Equity Employment targets, are reached
Learnership training aims to correct the following:
- The disproportionate employment rate among people with disabilities
- Unequal access to education, skills training, and job opportunities
- Skills shortages in South Africa
- High unnecessary staff turnovers
Learnership benefits for Learners include:
- Better employment opportunities as a qualified person
- Fixed term employment contract during the learnership programme
- Improvement of skills needed for the job position
- You will receive a nationally recognized qualification
- Learner stipend is paid by your SETA for the duration of training.
- Confidence to get the job done
- SARS rebates of R120 000.00
Learnership Benefits for Employees include:
- Competent Employees who will be capable to do the task required of them
- Confident employees who will provide quality work and production
- Fewer interviews and time wasted on employees who aren’t capable of performing
- A good reputation when you advertise as an employee who offers learnerships for people with disabilities.
- Tailored learnership modules that are related to your business and how your business operates.
- Teamwork within a company that is positive and progressive.
- Tax deductions and incentives that benefit your company. Companies can be awarded grants and reimbursed when paying a skills development charge to The South African Revenue Service. By registering with skills education training authorities and submitting reports, companies can earn B-BBEE points.
- Investing in employees while ensuring that a BEE incentive is received by the business
Action takes care of an employer who is interested in entering into a contract with one or more learners. Let Action take care of the hassle of;
- Recruitment and the selection of learners
- Providing learners with experience, mentorship and skills required by employee
- Comprehensive training modules and study aides
- Ensuring that learner is assessed by a registered assessor
What is expected of a learner?
The learner who enters into a learnership agreement must:
- Work for the employer as part of on the job training
- Obey all policies and procedures within the workplace
- Participate in induction programmes
- Be available for all learning and work-related by the learnership
- Attend all training and study periods given at Action’s training center
- Set aside enough time for studying
Who is eligible for a learnership programme?
- School leavers who have matriculated or completed training at training institutes and colleges. The age requirement is older than 16 and younger than 35 years old.
- Unemployed South Africans.
- People with disabilities
- Computer skills are an advantage
What is the cost of a learnership?
Learnerships are funded by a relevant SETA. The costs of learnership will vary according to levels of qualifications, it is suggested that you contact Action for more information.
Will the learner be paid?
There is a minimum allowance (stipend) afforded to the learner that is adequate enough to cover expenses such as meals and transportation. This too may vary depending on the learnership programme.
What is the duration of learnership?
The learnership duration varies from qualification to qualification. Qualifications can be acquired within six months but more valuable qualifications are acquired in twelve months or more
What will the learner receive on completion?
During training, learners will complete assignments, tasks, and projects. Assessments will be done at Action’s training center and in the workplace. Once assignments are completed, an NQF registered qualification will be awarded to the learner, stating the qualification and area of skill development.
What happens once a learner is accepted on a Learnership?
The learner will need to sign two legal documents:
- Learnership Agreement – this is signed by the learner, the employer, and training provider. This agreement includes the rights and duties of all involved.
- Employment contract – this is signed by you and your employer, which is valid until learnership is completed.
Can a learner be employed after learnership is completed?
Yes, a learner will be in a better position to market themselves or even start their own business and earn an income.
Can a learnership be terminated?
Yes, under the following circumstances:
- The learnership period has expired
- The employee and employer have agreed to terminate the learnership
- The learner is fairly dismissed due to conduct and capacity of the employee