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ECD Training in South Africa

Education, Training and Development (ETD) sector

Below is a list of Learnerships implemented by the ETDP SETA in all provinces.


Learnerships are skills development interventions to address scarce and critical skills shortages in South Africa.  Learnerships are courses that combine work-based experience with structured learning thereby creating a qualification route for youth.

ETDP SETA Learnerships:

1. Further Education and Training Certificate  (FETC) in ECD NQF Level 4;
2. National Diploma in ECD Practice NQF   Level 5;
3. Development Practice NQF Level 5;
4. Youth Development Practice NQF Level 5 and
5. National Diploma in Environment Studies  NQF Level 5.

About the Qualifications

The Early Childhood Development (ECD) Learnerships

Early Childhood Development (ECD) is the first and essential step that children need to enable them to succeed in their schooling years. 

It’s a priority area in South Africa in order to improve the quality of basic education and learner achievement. This priory is supported by legislation, national policies and strategies.  

The ETDP SETA places a huge emphasis on ECD programmes to help improve children’s capacity to develop and learn for better long term prospects. In order to meet ECD needs, the ETDP SETA is implementing the FETC in ECD Practice NQF Level 4 and the Diploma in ECD Practice NQF 5 for practitioners in all nine provinces.

The ECD NQF Level 5, a two-year programme with 240 credits is aimed not only at increasing employment prospects for the unemployed but also at producing suitably qualified ECD practitioners with a recognised qualification.

The Development Practice Learnerships

The Development Practice Learnership is a critical access Learnership in the ETD field. Practitioners with this qualification are able to provide professional support directly to individuals and communities, thus empowering such individuals and communities to achieve specific outcomes.

The qualification also enables practitioners to provide short learning programmes to community groups and to assist in assessing the community groups’ learning or development.

The Learnership is directed at both adults and youth (employed and unemployed) with sufficient experience in general community development work and the development practice field, especially those employed as auxiliary social workers, community development workers, youth workers and NGO and CBO field activists. It is implemented in all provinces.

The Youth Development Practice Learnership

The Development Practice qualification is closely linked to the Youth Development Practice NQF Level 5, which targets young people to become youth work practitioners.

It enables practitioners to facilitate enabling processes for youth development work within public and private contexts.  It also empowers young people with skills to work with communities in implementing community based projects. 

Youth development work is a proactive social mechanism for managing change in the economy and society.

The National Diploma in Environment Studies Learnership

This National Diploma in Environment Studies NQF Level 5 Learnership will prepare learners to function independently as entry-level environmental education practitioners.

It will apply in particular to unqualified environmental education practitioners working in environmental education centres (e.g. volunteers, interns and part-time guides), and to people employed primarily in fields other than education, but who may develop an environmental education role in the workplace, e.g. field rangers, outreach officers, interpretative officers.

The learners qualified at this level will make a meaningful contribution to environmental change through an educational response to environmental issues and risks in a range of contexts and workplaces. They may also be able to function as teachers` aides or environmental education specialists in formal education settings like schools.



  • Tel: (021) 946 4022

Skills programmes

  • Tel: (043) 727 8314
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  • Tel: (051) 430 5072
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  • Tel: (011) 403 1301
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  • Tel: (031) 304 5930
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  • E-mail: (015) 295 9303
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  • Tel: (087) 700 8113
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  • Tel: (053) 832 0051
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  • Tel: (018) 294 5280
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ETDP provincial offices

Eastern Cape:(043) 726 8314Mpumalanga:(087) 700 8113
Free State:(051) 430 5072Northern Cape:(053) 832 0051
Gauteng:(011) 403 1301North West:(018) 294 5280
Kwa-Zulu Natal:(031) 304 5930/2Western Cape:(021) 946 4022
Limpopo:(015) 295 9303
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Mishack Jan 11, 2020 at 12:46 pm

I’m interested in youth development learnership opportunity

alamrenchia Feb 4, 2020 at 9:57 am

Hii iam interested in ECD learnership

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