Advantages of Learnerships
Learnerships refers to a learning programme which is done at the place of work and is directly related to one’s occupation, for example electrical engineering. The learnership programme helps to gain necessary skills that will open up better employment or self-employment opportunities in a world of high competition for jobs. They are important because they lead to registered qualification, the certification does not only cover the technical areas but also account for life skills such as teamwork and communication
It is based on a binding agreement between the learner, employer and training provider to spell out their duties to ensure quality of the training and protect interests of everyone involved in the programme. Learnership leads to acquisition of training skills which can help them perform effectively at their work place since the practical exposure is easy to remember as compared to theoretical knowledge. When a learner successfully completes a learnership programme, they are fully equipped to be productive at their fields when they encounter problems that require the knowledge they had acquired earlier on in their life. After a successful learnership programme, the learner receives a qualification indication in their final certificate to reflect this and therefore they can be able to go for further studies in the same field either in the same country or abroad.
Another impact of the programme on the student is that they become responsible employees later on and they can work under minimal supervision because the employer is confident in their ability to apply the practical skills they acquired during the programme. The the programme gives a person skills required in job market, therefore, providing improved access to income generation and a better personal lifestyle. Learners get motivated to become better workers when they successfully solve problems in the field and this motivation when carried on to a time when they are employed means that their performance is to the maximum of their ability which is of great influence to the business in a positive way. When a company offers the programme, they get in a win-win situation with the learner where they give a learner different practical tasks to do, from which they get skills and in return the company’s work load is reduced. A company can provide a chance for some of the most productive learners to achieve personal development and that of the company.