A learnership is a work-based learning programme that leads to an NQF-registered qualification. Learnerships are directly related to an occupation or field of work, for example, electrical engineering, hairdressing, or project management.
Learnerships are managed by Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs). They were introduced by the government to help skill learners and to prepare them for the workplace.
A learnership consists of two parts: theory training and practical work experience and runs for a specified period which usually is a year. Any learnership requires an agreement between a learner, employer, training provider and the SETA, which is commonly referred to as a four-party agreement. Once the learners have completed the learnership successfully and are found competent, they will have a National Qualification or credits towards a National Qualification, in the case of learners who have obtained competence against part of the qualification.
An employer qualifies for certain tax allowances when its employees undergo a learnership. This is not a monetary amount paid to the employer as is the case of the bursary funds paid by the SETA.
An employer may apply for a tax break based on prescribed amounts as stipulated by SARS which will be deducted from the employer's tax bill owing to the receiver. The employer will qualify for this tax break regardless of whether the learnership was funded by the SETA.
FUNDED: In this instance, an employer applies to their SETA for 'bursary funds', which are funds allocated to put the learner through a full learnership qualification. When submitting the application, the company would need to apply for the following type of bursaries, either:
Unemployed Learnership: In this instance, the employer would be employing new employees either on a permanent, temporary, or contractual basis. In many instances, the SETA will pay a stipend which can be used to supplement the learner's salary during the duration of the learnership as well as an amount to cover the cost of training the learner on the full qualification.
Employed Learners: This type of learnership is applicable when an employer would like one or more of its existing staff to obtain a formal qualification. The funds paid out by the SETA will cover the cost of training / assessing the learner to achieve the full qualification.
UNFUNDED: In the instance where no funding is available from the relevant SETA / SETAs for a learnership, an employer can elect to do an unfunded learnership. The only difference is that all costs of training is for the employer's expense and there is no stipend to supplement the payroll in the instance of 18.2 learners, however the tax breaks that a company qualifies for because of entering into a learnership agreement with one or more learners and upon their completion thereof, will off-set any cost of theoretical training or assessment.
A qualification is a registered programme on the NQF. It provides formal recognition of the achievement of the required number and range of credits and other requirements at specific levels of the NQF determined by the relevant bodies registered by SAQA.
Our compliance programmes are designed to provide our clients with essential knowledge and skills. Training in compliance areas is legislated and our programmes carry credits towards national qualification.
Our technical training programmes are designed to provide both the skills and knowledge required for individuals to effectively perform essential duties and handle equipment and tools in a manufacturing, production, or engineering environment.
KVR Training is accredited with the Quality Council of Trades and Occupations (QCTO) as well as with various Sector Education Training Authorities (SETAs) including SERVICES SETA, MERSETA, TETA, MICT SETA, FOODBEV SETA, LG SETA and AGRIS.
A learnership allows you to gain valuable work experience while you learn. You will benefit from workplace mentorship programmes and get introduced to the world of work while you learn. Learnerships provide you with better employability opportunities because you are gaining workplace experience.
Our hybrid learning solutions offer a flexible option for learner to enrol in formal education programs and experience control over where, when and how they learn with the added option of being assessed.
KVR Training provides learners with an opportunity to participate in SETA accredited and non-accredited programmes online, through our unique hybrid learning approach.
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