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Learnership Qualifications Offered by SETAs. Have you heard about SETA learnership qualifications but don’t know where to start?

Learnership Qualifications Offered by SETAs Give You a Leg Up on Your Career

Hey, you! Are you looking for a way to jumpstart your career after finishing school? In this post, we’ll show you how SETAs can help you find learnerships, and we’ll give you some tips on how to apply. So buckle up, and let’s get started!

Learnership Qualifications Offered by SETAs Change Each Year

Each year SETAs commit to specific learnerships and apprenticeships in order to boost various economic sectors.

But first, let’s get one thing straight: What the heck is a SETA? Well, it stands for Sector Education and Training Authority. There are 21 different SETAs in South Africa, each one responsible for overseeing skills development and training in a specific economic sector.

What Are the 21 SETAs and What Qualifications Do They Offer?

Let’s take a quick look at each SETA and the qualification fields they cover:

Benefits of Completing SETA Learnership Qualifications

Each SETA offers a wide range of learnership qualifications in their respective fields, so you can be sure to find something that suits your interests and career goals. Not only that, but learnerships are also a great way to:

  • Improve your employability
  • Increase your earning potential
  • Gain practical work experience
  • Access further education and training opportunities
  • Network with industry professionals
  • Boost your confidence and self-esteem

SETA Learnership Qualifications

Here are some of the learnership qualifications offered by each SETA:

  • AGRISETA: Agriculture, forestry, and fisheries, including crop production, animal production, game ranching, and agribusiness management.
  • BANKSETA: Banking, microfinance, and financial services
  • CETA: Construction, built environment, and civil engineering
  • CHIETA: Chemical operations, chemical manufacturing, and laboratory analysis
  • CATHSSETA: Travel and tourism, events, and gaming
  • ETDPSETA: Early childhood development, education, training, and development
  • EWSETA: Electrical, energy, and water services
  • FASSET: Accounting, bookkeeping, and financial management
  • FOODBEV: Food and beverage processing, packaging, and quality assurance
  • HWSETA: Social work, health, and wellness
  • INSETA: Short-term insurance, long-term insurance, and retirement funds
  • LGSETA: Municipal finance management, municipal integrated development planning, and water and sanitation
  • MERSETA: Automotive, manufacturing, engineering, and related services
  • MQA: Mining and minerals, engineering, and artisan development
  • PSETA: Public administration, leadership, and management
  • SASSETA: Law enforcement, private security, and firearm training
  • SERVICES SETA: Contact centre operations, environmental practice, and project management
  • TETA: Transport and logistics, freight handling, and port operations
  • W&RSETA: Wholesale and retail operations, and retail management

Why Choose a Learnership Qualification?

So, why should you choose a learnership qualification? Well, for starters, learnerships provide you with a combination of theoretical and practical training, giving you the skills and experience you need to excel in your chosen career. Plus, learnerships are available to both employed and unemployed individuals, making it easier for anyone to access training and upskilling opportunities.

How to ask SETAs for Learnerships

Ask them if the learnership you are interested in is being offered this year and where you can apply.

  • If they say they don’t yet know, ask if they have a database you could add your name to.
  • Keep in contact with them and always be polite, professional and determined. You must be willing to persevere.
  • Keep trying is how you Keep Climbing.
  • Don’t give up! If you feel discouraged after 4 or 5 phone calls – you must remember to be like a dog with rabies – serious! Don’t let go! Vasbyt! OK???!!

Here’s what I would do if I was serious about landing a learnership NOW

  1. Go through the list of qualifications and decide which ones you are interested in.
  2. Check where those qualifications are being offered. If it’s in another province, you may find it more difficult to apply and attend interviews.
  3. Contact the SETA and ask if it will be offered as a learnership or if you can apply for a bursary to study at a tertiary institution.
  4. You must register with the Department of Labour as someone who is unemployed and available for learning opportunities.

How to Apply for a SETA Learnership

If you’re interested in pursuing a learnership qualification through a SETA, the first step is to visit their website and browse through the available programmes. Once you’ve found a qualification that interests you, you can apply directly through an accredited training provider.

It’s important to note that learnerships are competitive, so it’s essential to make sure your application stands out. Take the time to tailor your CV and cover letter to the specific qualification and SETA you’re applying for, and be prepared to demonstrate your passion and commitment to the industry.

Look for scarce and critical skills in the sectors that interest you in order to find the jobs that industries are most desperate to fill.

  • Some SETAs are responsible for a range of economic sectors or industries, such as Services Seta. Or they may cover one sector – such as the Bank SETA.
  • SETAs are important sources of information for people who are unemployed and searching for opportunities.
  • Unfortunately, SETAs are often not equipped with the capacity to ensure that this potential labour force has access to these upskilling opportunities. It’s not all their fault though – you must make yourself visible to opportunity, it cannot find you. Read Register and Apply for SETA Learnerships here

Use the SAQA Website to Explore Qualifications

The SETAs and QCTO are driving Occupational Certificates that are aligned to specific job or industry needs.

Qualifications lead you to the providers that are accredited to deliver them.

Here are links to the lists of the wide range of Job Qualifications that are now available:

  • NQF. Level 1 and 2 for those with little or no high school and limited if any work experience.

When you open a qualification on SAQA or the QCTO website

  1. Look at the table at the top of the Qualification registered on It will state the SETA responsible for the qualification in the table at the beginning of the qualification.
  2. Scroll down to the bottom of the qualification till you find the list of registered skills program and qualification providers.
  3. Contact these providers and the SETA.
  4. Google the qualification title and NQF level in order to find other providers that SAQA has been too lazy to upload.

Fun Facts about SETA Learnerships

  • In 2019/20, the CATHSSETA enrolled over 11,000 learners in its various programmes, making it one of the most popular SETAs in South Africa.
  • The MERSETA’s learnerships in the engineering and manufacturing sectors have a success rate of over 80%, indicating a high level of satisfaction among learners.
  • The BANKSETA’s learnerships in financial services provide learners with the opportunity to earn a salary while they train, making it an attractive option for those who want to start earning while they learn.
  • Many SETAs offer learnerships that provide learners with internationally recognised qualifications, allowing them to compete in the global job market.

So, there you have it – a brief overview of SETAs and the learnership qualifications they offer. Whether you’re looking to upskill in your current job or switch to a new career altogether, a learnership qualification through a SETA can help you get a leg up on the competition and achieve your goals. So why wait? Start browsing the available programmes today and take the first step towards your dream career!


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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