Learnerships , Graduate/Internships Programmes and Bursaries in South Africa
A learnership is a vocational education and training programme to facilitate the linkage between structured learning and work experience in order to obtain a registered qualification.
It combines theory and workplace practice into a qualification that is registered on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF). A learnership usually constitutes 120 credits or 1200 “notional” hours of learning.
Apprenticeships have been the traditional framework for combining structured learning and work experience. Learnerships however provide a more flexible learning arrangement.
Learnerships are the recommended frame within which to explore the new opportunities. They directly address the “how” of the Skills Development Strategy.
Bursaries vary in amounts and professions and are given to students in order to further their studies. In return for funding your studies, the company may require you to repay them by signing a work contract with them. Another type of bursary is a donor bursary (a bursary awarded to a deserving candidate in a specific field of study or in recognition for his/her work in a specific field of study).
An internship is an official program offered by an employer to potential employees. Interns work either part time or full time at a company for a certain period of time. Internships are most popular with undergraduates or graduate students who work between one to four months and have a goal to gain practical work or research related experience.