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LEARNERSHIPS: DO THEY STILL WORK?
By Gizelle McIntyre

The overriding purpose of learnerships is to gain a qualification on one hand and experience on the other hand. This practical exposure is essential to success but is not necessarily the norm in a standard working environment or educational programme.

While the concept of learnerships is beneficial, there seems to be a lack of implementation of the true elements of learnerships. This has resulted in learnerships being seen as white elephants; training reports are filed for tax rebates, but no real benefit is derived for those taking part – either for the learner or the employer.

The problem is therefore not the actual learnerships themselves, or even the concept of the learnership. The problem is that the learnerships are not being managed effectively. This seems to be the area that is most neglected, with few knowing who is responsible for what and where to turn for assistance. Learning and Development Practitioners are rarely appointed to perform what is essentially their area of expertise, with many companies leaving the management and administration up to non-specialised staff.

Training providers are relied on to provide exposure, but this is actually the business' responsibility. Learner management systems are badly run (if they exist at all) and no one knows who is responsible for doing what. This lack of management leads to increased costs and frustration, without experiencing the return on investment of learnerships, meaning that the learnership will most likely not be followed again.

Learnerships do work and their shortfalls have nothing to do with the learnership itself, they have everything to do with the management and goals of the learnerships.

Those that want to manage or run learnerships then must learn how to run a learnership programme. IPD offers various ETD and management qualifications that would assist in getting the full advantages from learnership programmes.

WHAT IS A LEARNERSHIP?

According to Section 17 of the Skills Development Act, a learnership agreement is a contract for a specific time period between a learner, an employer, and a training provider. According to this agreement, the employer must give to the learner a job for a specific time period, practical work experience and time to go to classes. The learner's duties are to work for the employer and attend classes. Finally, the training provider's duties are the education, training and the support of the learners.

REGISTRATION WITH A SETA

Learnership agreements must be registered with a SETA.

ENDING A LEARNSHIP AGREEMENT
Learners -
• complete all the work before the time;
• are dismissed because of bad behaviour;
• are not able to be good workers; or
The SETA that the learnership is registered with approves it.
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PROJECTS IN OCTOBER
· Rand Water NQF 5 Certificate project kick off

· The Department of Local Government and Housing Project will be joining the IPD public course group; this will make for a fantastic diverse group!

· The FNB project has reached the halfway mark and learners are urged to keep up the good work – we are in the final stretch
PUBLIC COURSES RUNNING IN OCTOBER
Train the trainer
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Needs Analysis & Skills Planning
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ETD Management & Quality Management
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Assessor, Moderator & Evaluation (to be joined by the Department of Local Government and Housing Project)
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Recognition of Prior Learning
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ReCr8 Seminar - Needs Analysis & Succession Planning
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IPD SOCIAL EVENTS IN OCTOBER
A very happy birthday to Pinky, IPD's faithful catering coordinator! Pinky is well known for providing a friendly face and warm food. Pinky, we hope that the year ahead will be filled with all of the good things in life and that you have a wonderful day.

The IPD team is very much looking forward to its Night on the Town at Monte Casino, where they will be watching the brilliant stand-up comedian Trevor Noah. We look forward to celebrating a magnificent year and fantastic working team.

National Bosses Day is coming up in October and the IPD staff would like to thank Gizelle McIntyre and Mark Orpen for being such fantastic mentors to all the IPD Staff. We are very grateful for your support, guidance and mentorship and look forward to learning from you for many years to come!
GRADUATION REMINDER
Invitations to the graduation ceremony will be sent out to all of the graduates in the first week of October. Please ensure that you RSVP by the 25th of October.

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