A learnership is a work-based approach to learning and gaining qualifications for permanent and contract staff and includes both structured work experience (practical) and structured institutional learning (theory). Various funding options and tax benefits are available for Learnerships in the form of tax deductions, exemption from SDL and UIF payments for learners, and SETA grants.

Thus for the AT(SA), ICB, CIMA Certificate and CIS qualifications employers may claim an amount on commencement and again om completion of the learner per year that they progress through the learnership. In respect of a learner who holds a qualification equal to NQF level 1-6, the employer qualifies for an annual and completion allowance of R40 000, and in respect of a learner who holds a qualification equal to NQF level 7-10, the employer qualifies for an annual and completion allowance of R20 000.

The tax deduction (to be claimed from SARS as per the Income Tax Act 2009):

 Learner AllowanceLearner (With Disability) Allowance
Period Commencement Completion Commencement Completion
1 – 12 months R 40,000 R 40,000 R 60,000 R 60,000
12 – 24 months R 40,000 R 40,000 R 40,000 R 40,000
24 – 36 months R 40,000 R 40,000 R 60,000 R 60,000
Total R 120,000 R 120,000 R 180,000 R 180,000
Grand Total R240,000 R 360,000
These learnership allowances are for any of the NQF level 3 to 6 qualifications

SACOB is a tuition (theory) provider for a number of learnerships and provides end-to-end learnership support to ensure the learnerships programmes are successfully completed. The learnerships are from the following professional bodies:

Thinking of enrolling some of your staff on learnerships? Let SACOB assist you in the learnership processes to:

  • Obtain workplace accreditation, where required, for your organisation with the professional bodies
  • Register the learnerships with your SETA and FASSET
  • Register your employees with the professional body
  • Induct, mentor and coach your employees on the learnership programme
  • Prepare and register the employees for the assessments
  • Assist to ensure correct and timeous completion of all learnership portfolios of evidence
  • Assist and support the workplace mentors with the practical components
  • Submit monthly reports to management on learners performance and progress in their respective learning programme

Need more information? Contact our Training Office at corporate@sacob.com

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