What is a Learnership?

A learnership is a form of work-based or ‘on-the-job’ training which results in an NQF-registered qualification cation, and is therefore a method to fast track the development of current employees or unemployed learners to acquire qualifications as an alternative to formal academic studies. Learnerships are linked to the Skills Development Strategy, and are seen as an important way of addressing the skills shortages in South Africa.

Learnerships can be:

  • Funded (discretionary) or unfunded (self-funded by the company).
  • Applicable for employed staff (section 18.1) or unemployed learners (section 18.2).

Learnerships must have the following elements:

  • Registered with the Department of Labour.
  • A formal training component (classroom environment) approximately 30% of the training provided.
  • An on-job component (training provided in the workplace) approximately 70% of the training provided.
  • Takes place over a period of between twelve (12) and eighteen (18) months.
  • It must result in a full registered National Qualification.
  • Training must be provided by an accredited training provider.
  • Delivery of a programme is based on a Learnership Agreement, which is a contract between a learner, an employer, and a training provider for a specified period.
  • A host employer and a workplace context to provide the work exposure and practical training, must be provided.

Unemployed Learners

What are the benefits of participating in a learnership?

  • You will obtain a qualification which will put you in a better position to obtain employment.
  • You earn while you learn.
  • You will have evidence of having been “employed” for a minimum

period of twelve (12) months, while you participated in the learnership.

What are the criteria for unemployed learners to apply?

  • You do not have permanent employment nor studying elsewhere for 2 years.
  • You are aged between 21 and 35.
  • You have a clear credit and criminal record.
  • You are a South African Citizen.
  • You are motivated, keen to learn and willing to put in the effort to succeed.
  • You are interested in the retail industry


How does it work?

  • You need to apply for a learnership
    (please contact info@retailexcellence.co.za for a learnership application form).
  • On acceptance, you will need to sign a Learnership Agreement.
  • The learnership is a minimum of twelve (12) months duration.
  • You will be required to do classroom training or E-Learning, practical training and a combination of on-job training for practical experience.
  • You will need to invest some of your personal time to complete assignments and attend training/coaching sessions.
  • There are no direct costs for you to do the training.
  • A learnership does not guarantee employment, however, Retail School of

How do I apply?

Please contact info@retailexcellence.co.za or charlene@retailexcellence.co.za on how to apply for a learnership.

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