Workplace learning: the key to SA’s progress

Online since 5.09.2017 • Filed under Skills Development & Training • From Issue 6 - September 2017 - February 2018 page(s) 84
Workplace learning: the key to SA’s progress

Learnerships produce competent and efficient employees. More South African employers should encourage workplace learning to boost the level of skills in the organisation.

While workplace learning should be fast-tracked to up-skill and develop staff to ensure employees remain knowledgeable and informed in key industries, research into workplace learning by auditing firm Deloitte indicates the opposite. Of the 1 200 organisations surveyed for the Bersin by Deloitte: A Quantum Leap Ahead For Learning Organisation Maturity, 74% of organisations said they choose to focus on traditional learning methods and not on empowering employees to acquire new skills through workplace learning. Only 38% of workers said they have opportunities for growth and learning at their place of work.

‘These figures are concerning. In South Africa where there are critical skills gaps in several key sectors, workplace learning is necessary. Organisations need to start realising that great value lies in empowering and upskilling employees through Learnerships. It’s the perfect way to develop employees and to ensure they are equipped to do the work employers need them to do,” explains Richard Rayne, CEO of iLearn.

A Learnership is a vocational and educational training programme that links structured learning and work experience to obtain a registered qualification. It combines theory and workplace practice into a qualification registered by the National Qualifications Framework (NQF).

‘Empowering and developing employees through learning programmes is one way of moving our country forward through education. Employees have the opportunity to upskill themselves, organisations evolve in the process and are able to compete effectively, and it’s a cost-effective and highly-beneficial option,’ he notes. ‘Considering how skills development has become such an important aspect of the B-BBEE scorecard, companies can use Learnerships effectively, not just for talent development and management, but also to boost their B-BBEE levels,’ Rayne points out. Investing in Learnerships also provides opportunities to capitalise on various reimbursements, grants and tax rebates.

iLearn offers a hyper-personalised approach to learning that supports interactive learning. ‘We help companies identify skills gaps and create learning pathways that encourage continuous employee learning, which aids both career development and business growth.’ This year, iLearn launched the first MICT SETAapproved blended learning Learnership, which Rayne says innovatively merges the advantages of online learning with the tried-and-tested benefits of classroom learning. ‘The new Learnership will have learners engaging with the course content online and in their own time, as well as with other learners in a structured face-to-face learning environment, guided by expert facilitators,’ he concludes.

iLearn is the leading corporate learning solutions company that provides both onsite instructor-led and online methodologies. iLearn offers an array of learning solutions including: Business Skills, Learnerships, IT Desktop Applications, IT Technical, Design & Media, Language Courses, Custom Course Development and Learner Management Systems. For more information, visit:

Issue 6 - September 2017 - February 2018

Issue 6 - September 2017 - February 2018

This article was featured on page 84 of SABI Magazine Issue 6 - September 2017 - February 2018 .

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