Thu, Dec 9, 2021

Okay, so please bare with me, this is my first time blogging so I’m still kind of new to all this. My name’s Justine and I’m doing a (insert name of your qualification) Learnership. (For example FETC: Education NQFL5)

I am not a pro at English but I am here to share my experience about being on a learnership. (so again, bare with me) 🙂

I am a second year student, studying through UNISA – got to have loads of discipline – and I am enjoying it. Now I don’t go to lectures and all that. I am lucky enough to have scored a learnership job at a Boys’ Junior School in Cape Town.
I emailed a few schools, and quickly learnt which schools offer learnerships, I’ll share tips with you in my next post if you are interested in becoming a teacher. But I first want to excite you all about the school I’m working at right now.

As you all know, study fees and the price of textbooks isn’t cheap at all. But Wynberg Boys’ Junior School pay for everything for me. Yes it’s huge pressure on me,  as I want to do well to impress them and show them that they are not wasting their money on me. But now it’s not so bad, I feel more relaxed as I have learnt to cope with studying through UNISA. (When do you study? Do you have to submit assignments? How long must they be? How much academic work do you do?What’s the most interesting part of this process for you?)

(I’m worried about using the school’s name without their permission. Will you check if it’s ok? Would they like the publicity? If so – whoop! I’m all for it, but just check so you’re also on the safe side.)

Wynberg is such a beautiful school, and I am so happy there and one nice thing about Wynberg, is that I get paid, which is great for a student. (Do you get paid a normal salary? You don’t have to say how much, most people on Learnerships are paid around R3000 – 6000 p/m. There are exceptions and I know a few.) Are you treated like an employee? Do you teach? How much? What? Who are the kids? Do you have to do extra curricular activities too? When did you decide you wanted to be a teacher?

I get many questions from many people, like

are you sure you want to be doing a learnership?

Isn’t it better to be a classes?

Yes, sometimes I do agree with them, sometimes it is nice to go to classes, because there can be those days when sometimes you just don’t want to go (come on, admit it, you have all bunked lectures :)) BUT for me, I prefer to get the experience and learn from my mentor for the full 4 years that I have to study for this module :). I am getting to know and learn directly from my colleagues and the learners I deal with. I have to work hard, on a Learnership I don’t have the choice to not attend classes as I have to take care of my job.

That’s all I will say for now 🙂

Send me a pic and I’ll upload it if you can’t! 🙂

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