In partnership with the ‘Foundation for Professional Development’ (FPD) we are currently delivering ‘Learnerships’ in Business Administration NQF Level 3, to students with disabilities from economically challenged communities in South Africa.
FPD is a non-profit company established in 1997 in South Africa, and together we have created opportunities for our students to not only develop skills but to also attain first-hand experience in the workplace in order to improve their future employment possibilities.
A learnership is a vocational education and training programme that links structured learning and work experience in order to obtain a registered qualification. The benefits of this structure allow our students to work, earn an allowance, and get started on their career while also studying for a formal educational qualification.
The primary aim of Learnerships is to address the gap between the current education/training offered to students and the needs of the overall labour market.
Learnerships also align to the Skills Development Act and The Skills Levies Act passed by Parliament of South Africa. These Acts were created to address the following challenges in South Africa:
- Decreasing unemployment
- Unequal access to education, training, and employment opportunities
- The effects of race, gender, and geographical location on educational advancement
- Skills shortages in South Africa
The programme is currently running for a period of 12 months. Our students have been successfully placed in various workplaces across South Africa, including Department of Health in KwaZulu-Natal, and Multinational Corporations like Deloitte and the SPAR Group in Gauteng. Each month we meet with all the students for a full day, face-to-face contact session.
To pass NQF Level 3 our students will complete Portfolios of Evidence, and upon successful completion, we will facilitate their enrolment on the NQF Level 4 Learnership in 2018.
In addition to training the students, we also assist the host companies in promoting their contribution to Skills Development in South Africa.