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How To Join a Learnership if you are Unemployed

How To Join a Learnership if you are Unemployed

Unemployed people must register as work-seekers. They must also look for employers and prepare a CV.

Joining a learnership

If unemployed people want to join a learnership they must use the following steps:

Step 1: Decide what skills you want

Think about the kind of training and job you are looking for. E.g. if you like the outdoors, do not apply for office jobs.

Step 2: Register as work-seeker

Unemployed people must register as work-seekers at their nearest labour centre. This will help employers to find them if they want to start a learnership.

Step 3: Find employers that offer learnerships

Contact SETAs to find out which employers offer learnerships. Ask friends and family to look out for openings and watch adverts in newspapers.

Step 4: Draw up a CV

Draw up a CV that gives –

  • personal details; (name, date of birth, etc.)
  • education; (school attended and qualifications)
  • work experience; (names of previous employers and what you did)
  • other skills; and (driver’s license, computer skills, etc.)
  • referees. (names and contact details of people who know you well)

Step 5: Prepare for an interview

Think of the kind of questions you may be asked. Practice with a friend.

Step 6: Keep your details updated

Keep in contact with your labour centre and update your details when they change.


Ref: Skills Development Act


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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.

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