Learnerships and Apprenticeships: How to get Them

Learnerships and Apprenticeships are a fantastic way to gain new skills, network yourself and gain working experience!  That’s a fact.

Have you ever wondered about these ‘ships’? Which one is which? What are they? How do I find and apply for one? Brace yourself: a short read lies between you and knowing what’s what about Apprenticeships and Learnerships! Let’s get reading.

Learnerships: Break it Down

There are a few key facts that you need to know about learnerships before putting your hand up for this opportunity. Firstly, learnerships are aimed at those whose highest qualification is a matric certificate. This type of opportunity is usually a paid job over a broad spectrum and can be very rewarding. How? Well, you will learn plenty of fresh skills, gain work experience, meet new people and often be provided with a route to employment or self-employment. Examples of Learnerships include electrical engineering, hairdressing and project management. By opting for a Learnership, you should be interested in doing as well as watching – that way you’ll learn from your own experiences and the experience of others. If you’d like to look for a Learnership, don’t hesitate. Why not go for it now!? We’ve located some spots where you can find a learnership that suits you – keep reading to find out more.

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The 101 of Apprenticeships and Learnerships

Are you in a bit of a tricky situation and you’re unsure of what to do with your future? Have you considered apprenticeships and learnerships?

Apprenticeships: Tell me more

Apprenticeships differ from Learnerships in quite a few ways. For starters, Apprenticeships are much more focused than Learnerships. Someone who applies for a Learnership will often be looking for work experience rather than specific work related to a field of interest, passion or expertise. So Apprenticeships are for those who are looking to pursue a certain career but need to gain some experience first i.e. they become an Apprentice to someone already in the field. Apprenticeships also differ from Learnerships as they are often longer (they can take up to 4 years to complete) whereas Learnerships are often 2 years, at most. Examples of fields that offer Apprenticeships include IT, Accounting, Law, and Education.

Learnerships: Where can I find one?

If you’re looking to score yourself a Learnership, look no further – sit back and let us guide you to your first of many!

As previously mentioned, there are a lot of Learnerships out there. We suggest that you get on to either Puff and Pass or Careers Portal and sift your way through the Learnerships until you find one you like. Once you have identified a Learnership that intrigues you and have made sure you meet the stipulated requirements – send through whatever it is that they require upon application. Then hold thumbs!

Apprenticeships: Where they at?

If you have identified a field of occupation that you are passionate about and want to get some work experience in, an Apprenticeship is just what you are looking for!

It’s always a good idea to get some actual experience before diving straight into a career. Apprenticeships are the perfect way to get hands-on experience and a real feel for the industry/occupation that you’re interested in. A good Apprenticeship coupled with the necessary qualifications will give you the extra edge when you apply for your first job! Much like Learnerships, there’s no shortage of Apprenticeships out there. Do yourself a favour and familiarise yourself with the Skills Portal and Puff and Pass directories– you’ll thank us later!

The main difference between Apprenticeships and Learnerships is that Apprenticeships are more focused, lengthily and passion-driven.

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So, be it an Apprenticeship or a Learnership that you’re looking for – it’s out there and waiting for you. Grab it with both hands!