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There are various learning routes that will assist learners in obtaining a qualification within the National Qualification Framework (NQF) from level 1 – 10, of which Learnerships are one of the routes.


A Learnership includes both instructional learning (a theory learning component, which usually takes place in a formal classroom) and structured, practical workplace experience (a practical component), which takes place on a construction site.  A learnership relates to a specific occupation and involves a full qualification.


'It is only as we develop others that we permanently succeed'

Sectorial Determination 5: Learnerships

The employment of learner workers, which includes all learnership agreements and skills development programmes is governed by the Sectorial Determinaton .

This determination sets the following:

  • minimum wages;
  • working hours;
  • number of leave days; and
  • termination rules.

The Department of Labour website ( gives members information on the following:

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