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Applying for Learnerships: How To Apply

Applying for learnerships is a win for youth. This short boot camp for learnership applicants helps you cover all your bases. Understand the learnership application process and have your documents ready.

Applying for Learnerships: How to Succeed

Use this article to prepare your learnership application documents. Get everything in order before starting to apply for learnerships.

Applying for learnerships: Documents Required

When you apply for a learnership you need to have the following documents ready:

  1. South African identity document
  2. Matric certificate or last school report
  3. Current curriculum vitae (CV)
  4. A cover letter motivating why you should be accepted

Take these steps: Applying For learnerships

There’s nothing stopping you from finding learnerships and applying for them today if you have all the documents ready!

STEP One: Plan and Research Applying For Learnerships

  1. Research the critical skills list to find out where job and study opportunities exist.
  2. Learnerships are industry based: this means you hold down a real job at a fully operational organisation.
  3. Plan your career path by considering your goals and opportunities. An opportunity is something that can help you make the most of your current situation, it’s not your marriage partner. If something is ‘right for now’ then it’s an opportunity. You can also use a strategy to attract opportunities by increasing your online visibility.

STEP Two: Find a learnership advert or register on sites

  1. Look for adverts posted on social media and in newspapers.
  2. Do searches for the latest registered learnership qualifications. Copy the title of the qualification and the NQF level and search for it. Organisations that offer the qualification will pop up.
  3. Register for learnerships via the Department of Labour. We have posted the links and instructions on how to be successfully prepared for a selection process.

STEP Three: Prepare for the learnership application process

We have a range of cover letter templates for youth and professionals. Click this Cover letter link to view all of them.

Prepare different motivation letters for the different industries and qualifications you are interested in. Don’t send the same cover letter out each time as each one must show specific relevance to the opportunity on offer. A business administration learnership could be offered in any sector, your cover letter for the retail industry should be different to one for the hospitality sector.

STEP Four: Prepare for Learnership Interviews

Interviews will rightfully suck if you don’t prepare! We have a range of practical advice available posted for you on this site. We post interview questions and how to answer them.

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