The National Development Plan for 2030 prioritises youth development and the creation of employment opportunities for young people in a bid to address the very high levels of youth unemployment in South Africa. Almost 50% of young people between the ages of 15 and 24 years are unemployed.
The Department of Higher Education and Training has published draft Learner Programme Regulations that are critically important to improving access for young people to quality learnership programmes. The regulations require the registration of learner programmes/learnerships by a SETA. A learnership is defined as a learning programme that leads to an occupational qualification or part qualification and includes an apprenticeship and cadetship.
A SETA may only register the learnership if: the learnership is registered with the DoHET; in the case of a group of employers or group of skills development providers, the lead employer/provider is geographically located in South Africa and complies with further requirements.
The SETA is obliged to decide whether or not to register a learnership agreement within 7 days and a contract of employment with the unemployed learner only comes into effect once the learning agreement had been conditionally registered. A learning programme agreement, once concluded may not be suspended or terminated without the approval of the SETA.
WEB LINKS FOR THIS ARTICLE