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What is a Learnership?

Learnerships are aimed at establishing an effective system within the Department that would assist with the continuous training and development of the unemployed to give them practical work experience as well as those that are employed but still requiring more skills in their field of work.

​Objectives of Learnerships are to:

  • Provide a mechanism for simultaneously combining structured learning and structured workplace learning.
  • Empower workers with the necessary skills to ensure that they are well trained, qualified and marketable thus making them employable.
  • Increase awareness among people of career opportunities in the public service. Provide experience to the employed and unemployed individuals in order to improve their competencies.

Who is eligible to get a Learnership?

  • Current committed employees in the Department who need to broaden their skills or change their profession.
  • Redeployed workers
  • New entrants to the labour market
  • The committed unemployed
  • Current committed employees in the Department whose skills are being developed in terms of the Skills Development Act.

What are the benefits of Learnerships?​​

  • The emphasis of the programme is its outcomes
  • A learnership combines both theory and practical.
  • It must be designed at different levels of the NQF.
  • It results in a nationally recognized qualification registered on the NQF.
  • It is intended to help address the skills shortages of the country.
  • Produces learners that are well trained and qualified to contribute to the economic growth and development of the country.

How can one access Learnerships?

An updated list of learnerships is maintained by the Departments of Infrastructure Development and Labour. As soon as learnerships become available, they will be advertised in various local news publications, including websites.   

For more information please contact:

Ouma Ngobeni
E-mail: Ouma.Ngobeni@gauteng.gov.za
Tel: (011) 355 5463

The Gauteng EPWP helpdesk
15th Floor Corner House Building - Sauer and Commissioner Street