Advantages of Learnerships
Learnerships are defined as the process of equipping students with required practical skills and knowledge in their field of work by exposing them to the workplace and equipment they have been dealing with theoretically so as to ensure that they are trained practically. The learnership programme helps to gain necessary skills that will open up better employment or self-employment opportunities in a world of high competition for jobs. In addition to acquiring skills in their field of work, learners socialize at the institutions field and exchange ideas on how to carry out tasks and therefore they become better at communication with peers and possible future employers.
At the beginning of the learnership programme, there is a contract that must be signed by the learning institution from which the learner is getting theoretical skills, the learner himself/herself and the institution offering the practical skills through learnership programme. Through this program, there is advanced exposure to learning by the student since training involves how to tackle specifically what they will be doing at work when employed later on, while at the same time gaining extra skills through personal experiences. Companies generally prefer to employ people who, at an earlier time while in school went on a learnership programme, since such people are highly skilled and can therefore be able to enhance the productivity of the company. Students who have completed the learnership programme are allowed by laws governing education activities of a country to go for a higher education certificate since they have met all requirements in a learning experience.
In some cases when a learner displays good attitude towards learning and understanding, the company offering the learnership programme may hire him/her after completion of the course because every employer would want a confident and independent employee. The the programme gives a person skills required in job market, therefore, providing improved access to income generation and a better personal lifestyle. Learners get motivated to become better workers when they successfully solve problems in the field and this motivation when carried on to a time when they are employed means that their performance is to the maximum of their ability which is of great influence to the business in a positive way. When a company offers the programme, they get in a win-win situation with the learner where they give a learner different practical tasks to do, from which they get skills and in return the company’s work load is reduced. A company can provide a chance for some of the most productive learners to achieve personal development and that of the company.