Learnershipsthe way to permanent employment! 

Many companies in South Africa, big and small, offer learnerships to the suitable candidates.  

What is a learnership?

A learnership is a work-based learning programme that leads to a nationally recognised qualification. Thus, learners in learnerships have to attend classes at a college or training centre to complete classroom-based learning, and they also have to complete on-the-job training in a workplace

Learnerships are an effective way for companies to satisfy their staffing needs while providing theoretical and practical training to their future employees.

How much will I earn?

According to the legislation, all learners should be paid a learner allowance by the employer. As learnerships represent an investment for the company into the training and personal development of learners, the allowances are lower than normal salaries. The precise amount of the allowance depends on the type of learnership and the level of qualification. 

Why should you apply for learnerships?

You will receive a nationally recognised qualification upon successful completion of the learnership. You will gain work experience that will improve your chances of getting work.  Learnerships give you a head-start in the increasingly competitive job market.

How to apply for learnerships?

  •  Find companies offering learnerships that are appealing to you.
  • Find as much information as you can about the learnership position and the company.
  • Prepare your CV taking into consideration the requirements of the learnerships you want to apply for.
  • Prepare cover letters (could be an e-mail) that is tailor-made for each learnership you apply for.  The cover letter should clearly demonstrate your interest in the specific position offered and briefly explain why you are a suitable candidate for the learnership.
  • Send your application including your CV and your cover letter to the company offering learnerships.
  • If you do not hear from the company within a few days, phone them to follow up on your application process and to demonstrate your interest.
  • OR fill out your profile on www.lekkerjobs.co.za and clearly indicate your skills, work experience and interests.
Remember to add you profile photo. Many companies offering learnerships browse through our database of registered candidates and contact them directly without posting an advert on our site.  
The competition on the job market in South Africa is fierce, so you must do your homework to stand out from the crowd!  Only the best applications are selected for interviews and only the best candidates get the learnerships they applied for.  

Good luck in your learnerships hunting!


Learnershipsinformation for employers

Expenses for learnerships have favourable tax implications for companies.  Employers are allowed to claim learnership allowance for registered learnerships entered into before 1 October 2016).  

For years of assessment ending on or after 1 January 2010:

  • Where the employer is a party to a learnership, the learnership allowance consists of two basic thresholds:  1. A recurring annual allowance of R30,000 and a completion allowance claimable at the end of the learnership of R30,000.  Where the learnership exceeds 24 months the completion allowance is claimed cumulatively for every completed year.
  • For learners with disabilities the relevant allowances are increased to R50,000.
  • Learnerships of less than 12 full months are eligible for a pro-rata amount of the annual allowance.  If a learnership falls over two years of assessment, the annual allowance is allocated pro-rata between both years based on the calendar months applicable for each year.