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Preparing for a learnership is essential to make the most of the opportunity and increase your chances of success.

Preparing for a Learnership: A Comprehensive Guide


Have you been accepted onto a learnership?

I hope so!

Let me know in the comments section ok!

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In this article, we’ll discuss preparing for a learnership in 2024.

Preparing for a Learnership can Increase Your Chances of Success

There are a few things you can do when preparing for a learnership.

Such as researching the different types of learnerships available, identifying the skills and qualifications you need, and networking with people who have experience in the field.

Preparing for a Learnership Reality

Learnerships Offer Practical Experience and Industry Recognition

Learnerships are work-based training programs.

This means you gain valuable workplace skills and experience.

You also obtain a nationally recognised qualification.

But you’ll earn a stipend, not a salary.

Preparing for a Learnership After Acceptance

Now, like many opportunities we face in life, there are pros and cons to being on a learnership.

You won’t be making loads of money, but you will earn a stipend. It’s nothing grand, but remember you’re there to learn and build connections.

Oh, and hey…you might also run into romantic relationship problems! Because you will be building your Portfolio of Evidence (PoE) to prove your love.

So you’d do well to start a diary and manage your relationships (and your learnership) with it! 😉

Don’t let that discourage you, let it prepare you! 🙂

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Being Prepared for a Learnership Means Understanding their Brilliant Intentions:

  1. To upskill and expose unemployed youth to work while gaining an occupational qualification to increase their employability.
  2. To upskill and promote lifelong learning values amongst the labour force. This then increases employability, productivity and opportunities for career progression.

Check out what a great selection of learnership qualifications you can expect to see advertised.

Preparing for a Learnership Means Understanding What You Will Do

When preparing for a learnership, familiarize yourself with the curriculum and schedule.

A learnership is a structured training program that combines theoretical learning and practical workplace experience.

Being on a learnership will help you gain the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in your chosen career path.

Learnerships are offered by various industries, including but not limited to engineering, finance, retail, and healthcare.

Preparing for a Learnership: Mindset, Skills, and Practical Tips

As a learner, you will have a job and will be treated like any other employee who is new to the workplace.

There will also be a boss who can fire you if you don’t follow the workplace policies and procedures.

I once fired a learner for smoking weed right at the training venue entrance. 🙁

This conduct undermined the values inherent in a learning process.

After he was fired, the learner went on to do better things and did really well.

People in education love seeing someone move on and move up regardless of the circumstances.

Some people need to be fired to wake them up. Fact.

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Preparing for a Learnership Good Luck Fire: Dismissals

I fired another learner for bunking class to line up and audition for a talent competition.

She ended up having a hit song and won herself some recognition.

When learners asked me if I’d seen her on TV and I said yes it’s great, they asked to be fired too!

They said it looks like it can be good luck. Lol.

So if you do get fired, prove them wrong.

It’s not the end of the world and your life could actually get better when you do what you’re willing to fight for. Those two stars just weren’t good learnership candidates at the time and that’s not a crime.

But if you just want to fit in and get this learnership done, then follow the rules and don’t stand out for the wrong reasons.

Learnerships vs Internships: What’s the Difference?

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While learnerships and internships share some similarities, there are some key differences between the two.

Learnerships are formal training programs that are registered with the Department of Labour.

But internships are typically short-term work placements that are designed to give students or recent graduates exposure to their chosen industry.

Learnerships also offer a more structured approach to training, with a clear outline of what needs to be learned and achieved.

Graduates Preparing for a Learnership

In the past, graduates used to rely on internships alone to enter the labour market, learnerships now also attract graduates.

Learnerships offer graduates the same opportunities as those unemployed youth who have not studied.

However, the learnership will allow graduates to stand out if they get selected for one.

That doesn’t mean you’re going to be a knob and make others look stupid. It means your work can be counted on to be of a higher standard.

For example, it is hoped that your communication skills are better. So if you’re a graduate, leave your ego at home. Employers want someone who is humble yet confident.

Graduates need to use the learnership opportunity to excel at networking to increase their future prospects and should support their learnership peers.

To build leadership skills you must believe in serving and supporting others.

Or else those who should follow you will never have the confidence to do so.

As we all know or will come to know, if you’re a newbie to work, business has many donuts (assholes) and you’re bound to run into one or more of them while on your learnership.

Preparing for a Learnership Contract

No matter how miserable they make you feel, your contract will end and you will move on to your dream job.

Just remember that when you’re starting out, if someone doesn’t make you feel worthless at some point then you haven’t had a realistic work experience! Inequality in South Africa is VERY bad.

It doesn’t happen by magic. Inequality happens because one human being decides they have the right to obstruct fairness for others.

That one donut making the decision doesn’t only impact 1 or 2 others, they usually impact hundreds and hundreds of thousands. Ugh.

So when you’re on a learnership, things can stink.

But suck it up, get your certificate and then grab your future and go where you choose to go.

If your next workplace sucks, feel nothing. Look for another job, but don’t quit till you have something else lined up. When you’re being interviewed for a new position, never say you’re leaving because you’re unhappy.

Only say positive shit about them, and explain that there isn’t much career opportunity for you.

You’re looking for a new environment to challenge you and explore more ways of contributing to the success of an organisation.

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If you’re accepted onto a learnership, what does it mean?

It means you want to work as hard as hell and that you’re willing to make some sacrifices to benefit your career development!

You’re going to need to sign a learnership agreement that includes the employer and training provider.

This contract typically doubles up as your employment contract. You need to keep a copy, but many employers and training providers fail to ensure this happens.

If you are only given a hard copy and must sign and return it immediately, without taking it home, then they are being dodgy.

But don’t stir the pot so early. Use your phone and get a clear shot of each page, do this discreetly and don’t draw attention to yourself.

While you should advise your fellow learners to do the same, as long as one member of the group has a copy, everyone is made safer.

So don’t expose yourself as someone who knows how to spot a problem right at the beginning.

Corporate spaces are filled with people who exploit youth.

So if you are smart enough to detect unfair practices, make friends with your union rep or find a union to join.

But don’t tell anyone that you’re doing this.

Preparing for a Learnership Means Understanding Your Contract:

If you’re accepted into a learnership program, you’ll be required to sign a contract that outlines the terms of the program.

Make sure to make yourself a copy.

Read thE contract carefully and understand your obligations and rights as a learner.

Benefits of doing a learnership

There are many benefits to doing a learnership, including:

  • Practical experience: You’ll get to work in a real-world setting and gain practical skills that will be valuable in your career.
  • Formal training: You’ll receive structured training that will help you develop your skills and knowledge in your chosen field.
  • Recognized qualifications: Completing a learnership can lead to a nationally recognized qualification that can boost your employability.
  • Stipend: Learnerships often come with a stipend that can help cover your living expenses while you train.

How to make the most of your learnership experience

To make the most of your learnership experience, consider the following:

  • Set clear goals and objectives for yourself
  • Take advantage of every opportunity to learn and grow
  • Seek feedback from your supervisor and colleagues
  • Build relationships with your colleagues and industry professionals

Common mistakes to avoid during a learnership

Mistakes to avoid during a learnership:

  • Being unprofessional or disrespectful in the workplace
  • Failing to meet your obligations as a learner
  • Failing to communicate effectively with your supervisor and colleagues
  • Not taking advantage of opportunities to learn and grow

Preparing for a Learnership: Learnership Assessment 

By the end of the Learnership, you’ll have cried, suffered, and been angry each time the assessor said ‘Not Yet Competent.’ You’ll have reason to believe that assessors are bitter unloved people.

That’s until you meet the moderator.

Moderators are actually pretty much hired for their ability to be strictly uptight.  

These are people who dream about links at night, not links in a gold chain, but links between specific outcomes, exit-level outcomes, and industry norms and standards!

When the moderator says you’re ready to be externally moderated – start organizing your party.

It means they have decided you can be considered for the qualification and that your POE is ready for the final stage of the assessment process, external verification. This is where the SETA or external assessment centre will make the final decision and agree to certify you.

When your Learnership is completed, you’ll look back on a year when you had the opportunity to meet people who took an active interest in your development and made it happen for you.

You would have been exposed to a workplace, been mentored by managers, and hopefully, been impressed by how business is organized!

You would have made valuable contacts and gained references and career advice.

Awesome ain’t it?

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Preparing for a Learnership Search: How to find learnerships in your area

There are many ways to find learnerships in your area, including:

Preparing for a Learnership Means Checking Eligibility Criteria

When you prepare for your learnership by researching the qualification, it will be easier to prove you are eligible for the opportunity.

Eligibility criteria for learnerships can vary depending on the program and the industry.

However, in general, learnerships are aimed at people who:

  • Are between the ages of 18 and 35
  • Have completed some high school education or have an NQF level 4 qualification
  • Are South African citizens or have a valid work permit.

When Preparing for a Learnership

Preparing for a Learnership Application Process

When preparing for a learnership, there are some things you can do to increase your chances of success, including:

  • Researching the company and the learnership program
  • Making sure you meet the eligibility criteria
  • Tailoring your application to the specific program and company
  • Including a well-written cover letter and CV

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Preparing for a Learnership Interview: Video

If you’re invited to a learnership interview, use our tips to help you prepare:

  • Research the company and the learnership program
  • Practice your interview skills with a friend or family member
  • Dress appropriately for the interview
  • Be prepared to answer questions about your skills, experience, and career goals

Learnership Interview Related Articles

Rock a ‘Can do’ Attitude!Learnership can do

When we select applicants for a learnership, we don’t ONLY shortlist those who have experience. We don’t expect unemployed people to have all the experience you often assume we look for. The magic is in your attitude.

If you want to be selected for a learnership, show a positive and committed attitude.

Do This if you want a Learnership

Use these 5 pointers as your learnership action plan and checklist.

  1. A learnership is based on a specific qualification. List the qualification title and NQF level for 3 qualifications you’re interested in.
  2. Find the qualifications on SAQA and check that you meet the entry criteria.
  3. List 5 reasons why these qualifications are suitable for you.
  4. Use the internet to research the company (offering the learnership) to see if you think you’d fit in and be happy there.
  5. Even if this opportunity did not come with a stipend  – would you still take it? Check what the stipend is and if you can afford the opportunity.

Unfortunately, the training sector is rife with fraudsters and unethical companies. Know your rights in terms of the legislation.

In conclusion, finding and preparing for a learnership in 2023 requires research, preparation, and dedication. By following the tips outlined in this article, you’ll be well on your way to securing a valuable learning opportunity that can help you achieve your career goals.

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Leonie Hall

Leonie Hall, disruptive thinker and dynamic strategist, is an expert in education, development, quality management and innovation. She has spoken at local and international conferences; and currently works as an independent consultant and content developer. Contact Leonie for a consultation.

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