A learnership is a learning route towards achieving a nationally recognised qualification. It is a structured learning experience which is a combination of theoretical and workplace learning and is directed towards the achievement of a South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) registered qualification.
The implementation of a learnership is based on a contract signed by the learner, the employer and training provider and is administered by a SETA. Learners in a learnership programme attend classes with regard the theoretical part of the learnership and gain practical experience while placed in the workplace. The duration of learnership programmes varies between 1-3 years, depending on the programme.