LEARNERSHIPS | THINK360 Explains

A Learnership is a Seta funded, work-integrated learning programme, with the aim of relieving scarce skills in an organization, and empowering our youth with knowledge to become assets to our future. Learners earn a SAQA aligned qualification while they learn real life skills with their Mentor company!

What are Skills Development Levies (SDL)?

SDL is a levy imposed to encourage learning and development in South Africa and is determined by an employer’s salary bill. SDL is due by employers who have been registered and that employer expects that the total salaries will be more than R500 000 over the next 12 months. The amount of levies paid is 1% of the total amount paid in salaries to employees (including overtime payments, leave pay, bonuses, commissions and lump sum payments). It is paid to SARS, who distributes it via Seta.

What is a Workplace Skills Plan (WSP)?

A WSP is a strategic document that articulates how the employer is going to address the training and development needs in the workplace. In this, an employer must outline the skills needed in their workplace, and also what qualified people are needed in their workplace, but are difficult to come by. These are called Scarce and Critical Skills.

What are Scarce Skills?

Scarce Skills are the qualifications or formal positions that are available to fill in an organisation, but it is difficult to find a person with those skills. By outlining your organisations specific needs in a WSP each year, the Seta will use the information to compile a list of the top scarce skills in the country. The Seta then uses the SDL to fund training and development by means of Mandatory and Discretionary grants, to address the Scarce Skills.

What is a Learnership?

A Learnership is a work integrated learning program, which can be funded by the Seta, partially or fully, at the Seta’s discretion. The Seta will enter a contractual agreement with a company, where the company undertakes to host and mentor learners, and the Seta undertakes to fund the learners education and training, as well as assist in paying the learner a monthly stipend for the duration of the Learnership.

Who are the Role Players?

The Seta – Funds these Learnerships, oversees the Learnership programme and Quality assures the qualification and process as a whole

The Company – hosts and mentors the learners during the Learnership Programme. The Company should also endeavour to offer the Learners permanant employment after the Learnership completion, should they be happy with the Learner as a whole.

The Training Provider – The Company chooses an accredited training provider to educate and train the Learners and work together to integrate the classroom learning with the workplace implementation/experiential learning. The Training Provider must be accredited and offering a SAQA aligned qualification. The Seta will pay the Company, who then pays the Training Provider and the Learners stipends.

Think360’s part

Think360 has successfully completed Learnership Programmes over the years. We are experienced in offering Training and Education to the youth that can easily be integrated into the workplace, and we pride ourselves on graduating learners who are valuable assets to the company.

Why Choose us?

We are experienced in hosting Learnerships and we provide quality training and education. We have a student division that deals with young learners daily, so the learners will feel right at home.

When a company chooses to host Learnerships, the benefits are endless – to the youth, the company, the training provider and our country! Contact us today for more information on how we can work together to bridge the skills gaps in South Africa, and give our youth a chance at an amazing future!