SETA Learnerships 2019-2020

A learnership is a structured learning programme that combines theoretical learning and practical workplace experience to obtain a registered qualification on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF). The elements required to be contained in a learnership according to the Skills Development Act are as following:

*A structured learning component (theoretical training)
*Practical work experience (on-the-job training)
*It must lead to qualification if completed successfully
*It must relate to an occupation

There are numerous benefits to participating in a learnership programme. These benefits include:

*Easier and more affordable access to learning
*Increased employment opportunities due to the practical work experience gained and the opportunity for networking
*An opportunity to learn more about different career options
*Earning a full qualification upon successful completion of the learnership

Other opportunity: Government Learnerships 2019-2020

The SETAs were given much greater powers and far reaching responsibilities than those old training boards had as the SETAs were established to ensure that every industry and occupation in South Africa was covered. Each SETA focuses and holds responsibilities in different sectors, thus they work optimally in every corner of the economy. Below is a list of all 21 SETAs that people can choose when applying for the SETA Learnerships.

Agricultural Sector Education and Training Authority (AgriSETA) (
Bank SETA (
Construction Sector Education and Training Authority (
Chemical Industries SETA (
Culture Arts, Tourism, Hospitality and Sports SETA (
Energy and Water SETA (
Education Training and Development Practices SETA (
Financial and Accounting Services SETA (
Fibre, Processing and Manufacturing SETA (
Food and Beverage Manufacturing Industry SETA (
Health and Welfare SETA (
Insurance SETA (
Local Government SETA (
Media, Advertising, Information and Communication Technologies SETA (
Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services SETA (
Mining Qualifications Authority SETA (
Public Service SETA (
Safety and Security SETA (
Services SETA (
Transport SETA (
Wholesale and Retail SETA (

Those interested in joining the SETA Learnerships can send their applications to the SETA that is responsible for the relevant industry sector. The SETA will then forward the applications to the employers who, thereafter, will do the short-listing, interviewing and all the recruitment process for the learnerships. Meanwhile, SETA is then responsible for registering the learnership in the relevant industry sector with the Department of Higher Education. Any unemployed people as well as those who wish to undergo further training or to upgrade their qualifications are welcomed to apply for a learnership programme.

Entry Requirements for the SETA Learnerships

People that are interested to participate in the SETAs Learnerships must meet the following minimum requirements.

A positive recommendation or official testimonial from a previous school, learning institution, or religious institution
Present a professional photo
Currently unemployed
Clear credit (ITC) and no criminal record
Currently not participating in a learnership
Under the age of 30 on the year that the learnership is recruiting for
Not involved in any other studies on the year that the learnership is recruiting for
Person with a disability must provide a medical certificate confirming the nature of the disability
Only South African Citizens that possess a valid South African ID will be considered
Effective communication in written and verbal English.

Please note that some SETAs might require specific qualifications. Visit the SETAs’ official websites for more information on the programme.

How to Apply for the SETA Learnerships

Decide what skills you want. If you like the outdoors, don’t apply for in-office jobs.
Register as a work-seeker. Register at the nearest labour centre to help employers find you.
Find employers that offer learnerships. Contact SETAs to find out which employers offer learnerships. You can also find openings and watch adverts in newspapers.
Draw up a CV. Start with writing your personal details (name, date of birth, etc.), then continue to give sententious details on your education (school attended and qualifications), work experience (if you have one or more), expertise (computer skills, language skills, analysing skills, etc.), and referees (names and contact details of people who know you well)
Prepare for an interview. Think of the kind of questions you may be asked and practice with a friend.
Keep your details updated. Keep in contact with your labour centre and update your details when they change.

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