Why Learnerships Make Good Business Sense
Skills development initiatives, such as learnerships, are not only good for the economy, but also make good business sense. Employers have long understood the value of learnerships, even if many view the process as a tick-box exercise. This is a missed opportunity because learnerships, when embraced in the spirit of broad-based black economic empowerment (B-BBEE), have the potential to not only drive the country’s transformation agenda, but also to develop a home-grown skill pipeline and change the lives of young people.
Learnerships have a significant impact on society as a whole, The satisfaction of knowing that you are improving lives and putting disenfranchised youth on a path to upward mobility may be the most rewarding aspect of investing in these skills development initiatives. Learners who are enrolled in a learnership programme receive vocational training, a stipend for the duration of the learnership agreement, valuable work experience, and, upon completion, a national qualification. The learners can then be absorbed into employment and pay it forward.
Finding and partnering with the right training provider, i.e. “Skills Junction,” is critical from the start because this will assist your business in navigating a lot of red tape, engaging with the relevant industry SETA, sourcing learners suitable for your industry, implementing the project, and successfully exiting the learners into the world of work. Don’t be deterred by the obvious effort. By forming a partnership with your learning institution of choice “Skills Junction”, you can ensure that learnerships become easier and more effective to implement and administer year after year.
Businesses can drive meaningful people growth within their teams and departments, and methodically steer the organization toward an inclusive demographic makeup by embracing the spirit of transformation when embarking on these training interventions. Learnerships (and the job-creation opportunities that result from them) can play an important role in society and business, and if done properly, can build a compelling business case. The bottom line is that if a business is committed to transformation, it must have a long-term strategy for growing transformation within the organization. This is the polar opposite of box-ticking or attempting to “plug in” transformation target compliance.
Skills Junction is a QCTO and SETA accredited skills development training provider and a Level 1 EME with 100% B-BBEE compliance and 135% procurement recognition.
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