What is the difference between an Apprenticeship and a Learnership?
An Apprenticeship is a non unit standard based registered qualification, which is governed by the sections 13 – 29 of the Manpower Training Act.
An apprenticeship is made up of three phases which are run concurrently with a three year contract that comprises of the integration of workplace experiential training and institutional training.
The apprenticeship culminates in a national qualification with a trade test at the end of the programme.
A Learnership is a vocational education and training programme that is registered with SAQA.
A learnership is made up of three levels (Level 2, 3 & 4) Each level consists of a one year contract which comprises of the integration of workplace and institutional learning.
The learnership culminates in a qualification that signifies occupational competence.
Learners who successfully complete the programme can apply for a national trade test, providing that they meet the requirements.