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merSETA report: Impact assessment of learnerships and apprenticeships

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Sociology of Work Unit; Department of Labour South Africa; Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC), Education, Science and Skills Development Research Programme

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Letseka, M; Arends, Fabian; Visser, Mariette; Molefe, Maseabate; Roodt, Joan; Mukora, J


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This study was commissioned by the Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services SETA (MERSETA) with the aim of ascertaining the efficiency and effectiveness of the learnership and apprenticeship systems and to assess their impact on the demand for and supply of skills for the industry. The aims of this research were influenced by the fact that an understanding of the potential impact of learnerships and apprenticeships on the labour market outcomes of beneficiaries within MERSETA is limited. Specifically the objectives of the study were specified in the research brief as follows: (a) To ascertain the effectiveness of the learnership and apprenticeship systems in terms of: career progression of qualified apprentices and learners who were employed before undertaking apprenticeship and learnership programmes employability of newly qualified learners exiting at various NQF levels the number of qualified apprentices and learners produced against intake and specifically their trades or qualifications administration of learnership and apprenticeships. (b) To ascertain whether industry demands are being met effectively through either the learnership or apprenticeship systems.

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