Employers must choose a learnership and apply for a learnership grant. Once they have completed that, they can set up contracts and learnership agreements with learners. They must also choose a training provider.
Setting up a learnership
If employers want to set up a learnership, they should use the following steps:
Step 1: Choose a learnership
Employers have to decide which skills they need and choose a learnership from the list. They can choose any learnership from any SETA.
Step 2: Apply for a grant
Employers can apply for a grant from their SETA once they have signed a learnership agreement. It is however important that employers contact their SETA before they sign the learnership agreement to make sure that the SETA has enough money. Contact the SETA to find out how to apply.
Step 3: Find a guide
Find someone in your organisation to guide the learners and help them with problems.
Step 4: Choose a training provider
Choose someone to do the academic part of the learnership. The training provider must be accredited by a SETA.
Step 5: Choose learners
Employers can choose learners from their workers or get unemployed people for the learnership. If they want unemployed people for learnerships, they can contact the nearest labour centre for a list of available candidates. Employers do not have to give the unemployed learners work after the learnership.
Step 6: Sign the learnership agreement
Employers, training providers and learners must sign a learnership agreement.
Step 7: Sign employment contracts with unemployed learners
Employers must sign a contract that complies with the Sectoral Determination for Learnerships with unemployed learners. It is not necessary to sign new contracts with workers already working for the employer.
Step 8: Register the learnership agreement with the SETA
It is important that employers register their learnership agreement with the SETA. If they do not, they will not be able to claim the tax break from SARS. Contact SARS for more details on how to claim the tax break.
Step 9: Start the learnership
Once all above steps have been finalised, employers can implement the learnership.
Originally appeared on labour.gov.za on03-10-2007. The views expressed herein are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of estome. estome accepts no responsibility for the accuracy, completeness or fairness of the article, nor does the information contained herein constitute advice, legal or otherwise.