What’s the difference between a learnership and skills programme?

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, business administration, banking, freight handling and so much more. Learnerships and the qualifications are managed by Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs) in which Advanced Assessments and Training are accredited with.

To be eligible for a learnership, you must be a South African citizen older than 18 and younger than 30. Advanced Assessment and Training Learnerships offer the following benefits.

  • You are equipped with skills and work experience that open doors to better employment opportunities once you are qualified.
  • You have a fixed-term employment contract for the duration of your learnership.
  • You obtain a nationally-recognised qualification that is relevant to the sector you are learning for.
  • You earn a learner allowance for the duration of your learnership.

A skills programme on the other hand is a short course created according to specific client requirements from a full qualification that is endorsed with a certification by the relevant SETA. Accredited skills programmes are specifically for South African youth between the ages of 18 and 35 years old.

You can choose to learn a specified amount of work consisting of a group of unit standards; and exit points of skills programmes are generally prescribed by the needs of the learners. At Advanced Assessment and Training, there are a wide variety of skills programmes which fall under several different job sectors. Details of their skills programmes as well as learnerships are discussed in Advanced Assessment and Training Courses.