‘Explaining why you want to be on this learnership in 50 words‘ has become a popular question for applicants. Plan your answers around the following suggestions.
Why do you want this Learnership?
The recruiter wants you to refer to the qualification and work experience. They are looking for responses defining your specific purpose for applying (no b/s).
To answer this question appropriately:
- know the qualification you will obtain once the programme is completed. Learnerships are qualifications, they are not internships.
- understand the career the learnership will prepare you for.
Below are examples of what you could say, see our other cover letter templates for more ideas. Edit and change the examples to suit yourself, don’t simply copy. If you don’t adapt it, you could end up being embarrassed if 10 other applicants do the same!
Example 1: Business Administration
If you are applying for a business administration learnership, here are examples of how you could respond:
- I studied business economics at school and discovered I’m good at organising information and being detailed. I enjoy assisting people and want to develop my skills further. A business administration learnership will help me enter the career of my choice and give me the experience to discover how I can contribute in a workplace.
- My vision is to have own a business someday, a business administration learnership will teach me the skills I need to have in place. This qualification and work experience will help me understand what it takes to work in a successful company and how to administrate a business.
- A business administration learnership will help me develop skills required for any business. I enjoy helping people keep everything organised and tidy, I believe this will make me a great PA or secretary. This learnership will allow me to pursue my career goals.
Example 2: A university or college graduate applying for a learnership
Many employers want to gain qualified youth at low rates, learnerships provide a way for them to do this. Employers receive massive rewards when they place black youth on learnerships, yet these same youth suffer and are exploited.
If you’re a graduate and need to apply for a learnership (I understand), try these ideas:
- My degree has provided knowledge, but I recognise the need for a qualification developing practical workplace skills. I believe this opportunity will help me develop the confidence I need as a professional and the opportunity to use my knowledge and skills to make a meaningful contribution.
- I successfully achieved a degree and am committed to further learning. The practical workplace skills this learnership will provide can help me acquire relevant skills for future employment.
For more advice on what to say, read our cover letters, good luck!!! 🙂