Workers should ask their employers if they offer learnerships. They should encourage their employers to start learnerships. If workers want to join learnerships, they must make sure they know everything before they apply.
Joining a learnership
If workers want to join a learnership they must use the following steps:
Step 1: Find out if your employer offers learnerships
Ask your supervisor, training or personnel manager or trade union representative if your employer offers learnerships. If they do not, go to Step 2, if they do, go to Step 3.
Step 2: Encourage your employer to start learnerships
There are many financial rewards for employers who start learnerships. Speak to your supervisor or training or personnel manager and encourage them to start learnerships. They can get more information from the Department.
Step 3: Find out what learnerships are available
Find out what learnerships your employer offer and how you can apply. Discuss this with your supervisor. You should find out what –
- will be asked of you; (e.g. will you have to study in the evenings?)
- qualification you will get;
- level the qualification will be;
- kind of tests there will be;
- happens if you fail; and whether
- you will be able to cope with the classroom and practical work; and
- there will be future promotion or training.
Step 4: Apply for the learnership
If you think this is right for you, apply for the learnership.
Originally appeared on labour.gov.za on 18-12-2008. 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.