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merSETA tracer study final report 2016

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Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Education and Training Authority (MerSETA)


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The merSETA in response to the NSDS III implemented various workplace learning programs to assist learners and graduates with the much-needed work experience. These include apprenticeship, graduate internships and learnerships. It was in this light that the merSETA identified a need to conduct a tracer study to take stock of the employment status of graduates, determine learner post learning program activities, establish expectations of learners who have successfully completed their learning programme, to develop a deeper analysis of enablers, benefits and obstacles of employment opportunities after the learner's final assessments. The data of the study was collected between 22nd January 2015 and 23rd March 2015. A multi-pronged methodology was utilised to gather data. This included quantitative and qualitative methods augmented by detailed desk research. The study consisted of three samples that were learners, host employers and the training providers. The participants were sampled out of a merSETA database of learners, employers and training providers. The study was conducted nationally to ensure geographic representation of race, gender, training provider, chamber and employment status. A total of 1030 learners who completed their learnerships or apprenticeships between 2012 and 2013. 20 employers and 8 training providers were interviewed.

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