A learnership is a work based learning programme that leads to an NQF registered qualification. Learnerships are directly related to an occupation or field of work, for example, electrical engineering, hairdressing or project management. Learnerships are managed by Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs). They were introduced by government to help skill learners and to prepare them for the workplace.Learnership programmes can help you to gain the necessary skills and workplace experience that will open up better employment or self employment opportunities.
Learnerships are based on legally binding agreement between an employer, a learner and a Training Provider. This agreement is intended to spell out the tasks and duties of the employer, the learner and the Training Provider. It is designed to ensure the quality of the training and to protect the interests of each party.A learnership requires that a learner enter into a fixed term employment contract with the company whilst studying towards a qualification registered on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF), which is in line with the learnership (the cost of the qualification falls to the Company). Once the qualification is completed, the learnership will also end.
Learnerships promote access to education and training, as they allow you to work and get started on your career while also studying for an educational qualification. SETAs oversee learnerships and ensure that they offer qualifications related to a specific occupation or sector of the economy. All 21 SETAs have developed NQF-aligned programmes that will help you gain recognised qualifications while getting on-the-job experience.SETAs manage the registration of learnerships in order to meet the skills development needs across the sectors.
How do learnerships work?
- 1 UTi Learnership Programmes
- 2 Requirements
- 3 UTI Learnerships Application Process
- 4 UTI Learnership Information
- 4.1 Will the learner be paid?
- 4.2 How long does it ta ke to complete a learnership?
- 4.3 What does a learner receive on completion?
- 4.4 What is required to enter into a learnership?
- 4.5 Will I get a job after completing the learnership?
- 4.6 Can a learnership be terminated ?
- 4.7 Who is eligible for a learnership?
- 4.8 How to participate in a learnership?
- 4.9 What are the entry requirements?
- 4.10 What are the benefits for learners?
- 4.11 How much does a learnership cost?
- 5 RELATED LEARNERSHIPS
- 6 RELATED BURSARIES
Learnerships require you to complete a theoretical course as well as practical training, which is done at a workplace, in order to graduate. The workplace component of the qualification involves hands-on, practical learning under the guidance of a mentor, while the theoretical component is provided by an education and training provider. Together they form an integrated and comprehensive learning programme.
Top Tip: The number of credits needed to graduate varies from learnership to learnership, so make sur e that you understand the minimum requirements if you want to complete a learnership. Find out from the relevant SETA.
UTi Worldwide Inc. is an international, non-asset-based supply chain services and solutions company that provides air and ocean freight forwarding, truckload brokerage, customs brokerage, distribution, contract logistics, inbound logistics, and other supply chain management services.
The UTI Learnership program offers candidates the opportunity to learn more about their career field.
UTi serves a large and rather varied list of local and international companies in diverse fields, including companies in the apparel, automotive, chemical, pharmaceutical, retail, and technology industries.
These clients often have unique supply chain requirements, which UTi and its exclusive partners provide via a global network of contract logistics and distribution centers and freight forwarding offices in 144 countries.
UTi Africa sees its staff as its competitive advantage and therefore is dedicated to training individuals in the business of rapidly expanding, world-class supply chain services and integrated solutions.
To this end, UTi offers learnerships, training, HIV/AIDS programmes and bursaries to our staff members. It even offers bursaries to a family of staff members on occasion.
UTi offers various annual learnerships in the Supply Chain and Logistics industry to individuals who have completed their Grade 12 and are interested in this field. There are various opportunities offered in most of the bigger centers such as Cape Town, Durban, Gauteng, and Port Elizabeth.
UTi Learnership Programmes
UTi Learnerships Programmes are open to candidates who fulfill the basic requirements. The learnership is for 12 months and consists of both theoretical and practical training.
Depending on which learnership you choose, you will gain work experience and a nationally recognized qualification in one of the following:
- Bookkeeping (Gauteng only).
- Business Administration
- Freight Forwarding
- Freight Handling
- Information Technology
- Project Management (Gauteng only)
There are certain requirements for being accepted into these learnerships:
- You must be a South African citizen
- Applicants must be in possession of a Standard 10/Grade 12 Certificate; or
- You must be able to communicate professionally in English (written and verbal)
- All applicants must be able to work in a team as well as individually
- You must be able to work accurately and with attention to detail
- Candidates must have the ability to grasp and process new information
- You must be able to work without supervision.
- You must be punctual for work
- All candidates must be able and willing to commit to a 12-month, full-time contract
- You must be experienced in using MS Office and Outlook (Internet and E-Mail).
- Applicants must have some knowledge of the basic products and services offered by a logistics/distribution company
Successful candidates will be entered into a 12 month, full-time learnership contract. Time off will be given to attend theoretical training where required; these classes will take place during work hours.
A monthly stipend will be paid for the duration of the learnership.
The learnership contract is a legally binding contract and any irregularity or violation of the terms of the agreement will be dealt with in accordance with Sections 17 and 18 of the Skills Development Act, 97 of 1998.
UTI Learnerships Application Process
In order to apply for any of the above learnerships you must complete an application form in your own handwriting.
- You can get the online application form by clicking on the link provided in the online advert at Career Junction or registering online with UTi and applying once their applications are available. Once registered select learnerships under the job types tab on the left side of the screen to see available positions.
- When applying for the learnership make sure that you specify the learnership post that you are applying for (e.g. UTi Project Management: Gauteng Learnership)
- Make sure that you sign the application form yourself
- Attach certified copies of all your certificates and Identity Document (these copies must have been certified within the last 3 months – you can get this done at any Police Station)
- Application forms that are late or unsigned will not be accepted
- Photocopied forms will not be accepted
Remember that during your workplace training you will be responsible for your own accommodation, transport, and meal costs. It is therefore suggested that you apply for a UTI Learnership in the Region closest to where you live.
It is important that you apply yourself to both the theoretical training and the on-the-job training and shows that you are dedicated and have a lot of potentials, as this is what employers are looking for and could make the difference between you being selected for a permanent position upon completion of your learnership or not.
Although UTi does employ many of the learners on the successful completion of their learnership, a learnership is no guarantee of employment. The workplace experience and qualification obtained during this learnership will, however, assist you a lot in your search for employment.
For any further information contact UTi South Africa, now known as DSV:
UTI Learnership Information
Applications for this learnership will open later in the year, normally around October. You can keep checking whether the learnership is open for applications yet by checking the Career Junction website (Career Junction handles all UTi Learnerships).
Read through the links on this page and look for a link that says UTI Learnership Programme and click on the link to see if it is the correct learnership then follow the links and instructions to apply
Will the learner be paid?
There is a specified minimum learner allowance that must be paid to unemployed learners in a learnership. This is not a salary but covers expenses like travel and meals. Again, you should contact the relevant SETA for more information.
Note: The amount paid as a learner allowance depends on the SETA, type of learnership and the level of qualification. The allowances and conditions are agreed to with each learner before the commencement of the learnership.
How long does it ta ke to complete a learnership?
Learnerships will last as long as it takes to complete the qualification. This means that if the duration of the qualification is two years, then the learnership will last for that period of time.
What does a learner receive on completion?
During the learnership, learners will be required to complete assignments, tasks and practical tests and projects. They will be formally assessed in the classroom and workplace.
If all these assignments are completed successfully, they will be awarded an NQF-registered qualification, that is recognised nationally. They will receive a certificate stating the qualification and the area of skill development.
What is required to enter into a learnership?
If you are accepted you will need to sign two legal documents:
1. Learnership Agreement: this is an agreement signed by you, the organisation employing you, and the education and provider offering the theoretical training component of the learnership. This agreement clearly outlines the rights and responsibilities of all three parties.
2. Employment contract: this is a contract you will sign with the employ er, which is only valid for the time period of the learnership.
Will I get a job after completing the learnership?
Employment is not guaranteed, but once you have successfully completed your learnership, you will be in a much better position to market yourself as you will now have both work experience and theoretical training. You may also be in a better position to start your own business and generate an income that way.
Can a learnership be terminated ?
Yes, a learnership can be terminated under certain circumstances:
An employer can terminate the contract of a learnership if:
- The duration specified in the learnership agreement has expired;
- The employer and learner have agreed in writing to terminate the learnership agreement, or if there is no such agreement, the SETA t hat registered the agreement approves the termination; or
- The learner is fairly dismissed for a reason related to the learners conduct or capacity as an employee.
For more information, contact the SETA that manages the learnerships in the field in which you are interested.
Who is eligible for a learnership?
Learnerships are available for young people who have completed school, college or learning at other training institutions. You must be older than 16 and younger than 35 to be eligible for a learnership. Unemployed South Africans can only participate in a learnership if there is an employer prepared to provide the required work experience.
How to participate in a learnership?
By now you have already put some thought into your career path, and as a result you will be able to identify a learnership that will support your career goals.Your career path should be in fluenced by your interests, skills and strengths. The responsibility rests with you to investigate and research the different learnership options. You should find out as much as you can, including information on the criteria and requirements for entering a learnership.
What are the entry requirements?
Different learnerships have different entry requirements. We recommend that you contact the provider of the learnership for full details on the specific requirements for the learnership of your choice. For many learnerships, the minimum entry requirement is a National Senior Certificate or National Certificate: Vocational, but there may be more specific subject requirements or even skills requirements such as computer literacy.
What are the benefits for learners?
- You may have better employment opportunities after completing a learnership;
- You have a fixed-term employment contract for the duration of the learnership;
- Learnerships improve on the job performance so you are able to do things relevant to the job;
- You obtain a nationally-recognised qualification that is relevant to the sector; and
- You earn a learner allowance for the duration of the learnership.
How much does a learnership cost?
Learnerships are generally funded by a relevant SETA. Since the cost of learnerships varies across SETAs and types/levels of qualifications, you should contact the relevant SETA for more information.