Learnerships for ECD, Youth Development, Environment Studies and Development Practice

Education, Training, and Development (ETD) Learnerships

Learnerships are an example of an integrated skills development intervention aimed at promoting growth in employment and capacity building to address scarce and critical skills shortages in South Africa.

In other words, a learnership qualification can increase your career opportunities as they often target jobs that are difficult to fill (scarce skills).

Learnerships integrate qualifications with work-based experience.

A learner who completes a Learnership will be able to show that they have skills, knowledge, values and attitudes that will make them employable.

Learnership qualifications consists of:

  • Fundamental component: Basic educational requirements to take part in a learnership – usually life skills, numeracy and literacy competencies and communication skills
  • Core: The mainframe of the learning programme (what the qualification is to be based on) – the core skills and knowledge required
  • Electives / Specialisations: The specialised areas, or the application of the core skills and knowledge in defined work situations.

ETDP SETA Learnerships

1. Further Education and Training Certificate  (FETC) in ECD NQF Level 4;
2. National Diploma in ECD Practice NQF   Level 5;
3. Development Practice NQF Level 5;
4. Youth Development Practice NQF Level 5 and
5. National Diploma in Environment Studies  NQF Level 5.

The Early Childhood Development (ECD) Learnerships

  • Early Childhood Development (ECD) is the first and essential step that children need to enable them to succeed in their schooling years.
  • It is a priority area in South Africa in order to improve the quality of basic education and learner achievement.
  • This priority is supported by legislation, national policies and strategies.   Consequently, the ETDP SETA places a huge emphasis on ECD programmes to help improve children’s capacity to develop and learn for better long term prospects.
  • In order to meet ECD needs, the ETDP SETA is implementing the FETC in ECD Practice NQF Level 4 and the Diploma in ECD Practice NQF 5 for practitioners in all nine provinces.
  • The ECD NQF Level 5, a two-year programme with 240 credits is aimed not only at increasing employment prospects for the unemployed but also at producing suitably qualified ECD practitioners with a recognised qualification.

The Development Practice Learnerships

  • The Development Practice Learnership is a critical access Learnership in the ETD field.
  • Practitioners with this qualification are able to provide professional support directly to individuals and communities, thus empowering such individuals and communities to achieve specific outcomes.
  • The qualification also enables practitioners to provide short learning programmes to community groups and to assist in assessing the community groups’ learning or development.
  • The Learnership is directed at both adults and youth (employed and unemployed) with sufficient experience in general community development work and the development practice field, especially those employed as auxiliary social workers, community development workers, youth workers and NGO and CBO field activists.
  • Implemented in all provinces.

The Youth Development Practice Learnership

  • The Development Practice is closely linked with the Youth Development Practice NQF Level 5, which target young people to become youth work practitioners.
  • It enables practitioners to facilitate enabling processes for youth development work within public and private contexts.
  • It also empowers young people with skills to work with communities in implementing community based projects.
  • Youth development work is a proactive social mechanism for managing change in the economy and society.

The National Diploma in Environment Studies Learnership

  • This National Diploma in Environment Studies NQF Level 5 Learnership will prepare learners to function independently as entry-level environmental education practitioners.
  • It will apply in particular to unqualified environmental education practitioners working in environmental education centres (e.g. volunteers, interns and part-time guides), and to people employed primarily in fields other than education, but who may develop an environmental education role in the workplace, e.g. field rangers, outreach officers, interpretative officers.
  • The learners qualified at this level will make a meaningful contribution to environmental change through an educational response to environmental issues and risks in a range of contexts and workplaces.
  • They may also be able to function as teachers` aides or environmental education specialists in formal education settings like schools.

How to Apply

If you want to join these learnerships contact the provincial offices.

Eastern Cape: (043) 726 8314 Mpumalanga: (087) 700 8113
Free State: (051) 430 5072 Northern Cape: (053) 832 0051
Gauteng: (011) 403 1301 North West: (018) 294 5280
Kwa-Zulu Natal: (031) 304 5930/2 Western Cape: (021) 946 4022
Limpopo: (015) 295 9303

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Comments (47)

  1. Hi my Name is Khanyisa I am interested for this leanership and I need help what can I do to get it i have NQF Level 4 in community development Practitioner and ECD training

  2. ziphozonke

    good day

    i am interested in part-taking in the ECD learnership. may i please have more information on how to do so.

  3. I am interested in this ECD learnership what to do to reach it

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