Learnership funding is a painstaking challenge. Most organizations rely on grant funding through a SETA or government sponsored programme. Since a learnership program is in demand with South African businesses with no funding to match demand, employers need to be creative with learnership funding.
South Africans have very supportive environments and workshops that teach companies about training at an affordable rate. Take advantage of the available learnership Tax Break incentive and lower salaries that learners are paid. By doing so, the cost is equal to the cost of hosting a learner and paying an allowance.
Most companies could use the extra help from learners who are willing and motivated. The learners allowance can be counted as training expense – boosting training costs within company budget. By entering into a training agreement, a business can score up to 20 percent of BBBEE score card and an added 5 points once learner is hired by employer.
Earning BBBEE points at low costs can leave employees skeptical. Will the employer trust the learner to add value to the business? Logic says that work performance of learners with no prior experience cannot compare to those with experience.
Well as they say, the proof is in the pudding. Action has seen many learners surpass other employees even with their disability. These learners are motivated and ready to accomplish any task given them. Learners with disabilities are extra sensitive to the energy of a company. If they feel accepted and are given the opportunity, this encourages them to give back with a grateful heart.
It is easier and cost friendly to work through a training provider that has all the credentials needed for a learnership.