Internships: the pros and cons

Internships are great on-the-job learning opportunities.  A learner will gain valuable experience as entry-level employees for 6 months or more – depending on training provided.  Within the working environment, the learners are able to build and connect with a network of workers and businesses.

Not all companies have resources to provide a salary to such employees. These bright and shining opportunities come with a hefty price.

Unpaid internship

Some may say its “slave labor” while others suggest it’s a good way to get a foot in the door.  Many interns would agree that on-the-job training is far better than just sitting in lectures day in and out with no practical’s at all. 

When deciding on entering into a learnership program, ask yourself these questions:

#1.  Is it legal?

Contact the Department of labour and they will check to see if the learnership program is registered by SETAs.

 #2.  Will I learn more in a paid learnership than an unpaid one?

It all depends on what the learner is hoping to achieve.  It is said that an unpaid learnership is more structured to skill and training in one criteria, whereas with paid internships- you do employee errands or ADHOC.  An unpaid learnership is definitely the way to go. 

#3.  Market yourself throughout learnership

Internships provide you with an opportunity to build connections and networks you need to gain employment. The experience and knowledge you will gain from an unpaid learnership is priceless.

#4.  Get financial support during learnership

Since most are unpaid learnerships, it is beneficial to have support from family or friends.  You will have to find a way to pay for things such as rent, food and transport.  Fortunately, our learners receive a monthly stipend for food and travel.

 “Nothing in life, comes without some sacrifice”

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For more information about training that we offer, please contact Elsie Botha on 011 763 3366 or elsie@action4.org.za and Stephen Bergers on 011 763 2429 or stephen@action4.org.za