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Impact assessment of learnerships and apprenticeships

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Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET); Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Education and Training Authority (MerSETA)


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The merSETA is committed to seeking new and better methods to promote skills development. In order to do this, a deeper understanding of participants in learnership and apprenticeship programmes is necessary: an understanding of their motivations, experiences, mobility and employability in an increasingly complex environment is key to the effective achievement of policy intentions. This is also necessary for the efficient delivery of appropriate strategic interventions to address the supply of - and demand for - skilled labour. For these reasons, the merSETA commissioned an impact study to determine the effectiveness and efficiency of both the learnership and apprenticeship systems within its sector. The research investigated the extent to which merSETA programmes are equipping learners and apprentices to enter or advance through the labour market. The report, 'Impact Assessment of Learnerships and Apprenticeships', was completed in August 2008 and raises challenges - some specific to merSETA - others reflective of the broader SETA environment. The skills shortage remains a priority for all stakeholders as well as the need for an increased focus on the intermediate and higher end of the skills spectrum. Closer relationships between SETAs and FET colleges as well as effectively implementing Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) are also highlighted.

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