Merseta is only one of the known 21 sectors, of training and education departments, which was established to develop, and promote talented candidate in skills training for scarce skills through Merseta Learnerships. They operate under the ‘Skills Development Act of 1998’. Each sector reflects a different area of South Africa’s economy. Merseta was established to aid and develop within the Engineering, Manufacturing and all associated service areas. Industries that are included in this sector are Auto Manufacturing, Metal, and Engineering, Plastic Industries, Tyre Manufacturing, as well as Motor Retail and Component Manufacturing.
There are approximately 44 000 companies within this sector, with more than 600 000 skilled workers. The skilled workforce in South Africa has a big gap, Merseta aims to aid in filling this gap, by providing talented individuals, the opportunity to become vital parts in the workforce. Scarce skills are being identified, assessed and candidates are given opportunities to fill these gaps. With their aid there is a reduction in inequality and unemployment, stabilizing the economy.
Candidates are asked to register with the Department of Labour, as an unemployed individual, seeking a learnership. Candidates can do this via the link provided under the application process. Candidates must ensure their contact details are kept up to date and that they are always accessible via these methods of contact. Candidates whom have registered may be contacted when an appropriate learnership becomes available if candidates adhere to all requirements.
Most of these learnerships will be for a duration of 12 to 24 months. Learners will also receive a monthly stipend, however these do not usually include transport, meals, and accommodation. A learnership is not a guarantee of a permanent position once completed, this will be the employer’s choice. Candidates will, however, be better equipped to enter the workforce once they have completed a learnership.
Merseta Learnerships Available
There are numerous learnerships available yearly, the following may be included:
- Air conditioning technology
- Refrigeration technology
- Installation & maintenance of Air conditioning units
- Automotive air conditioning
- Duct Erection
- Fitters and Turners
- First Aid
- Fire Fighting
- Refrigeration Mechanic
- Domestic Refrigeration
- Social Science
- Supply Chain
- Call Centre
- Graphic Designing
- Business Administration
- Office Administration
- Financial Management
Merseta Learnerships Requirements
Candidates must include a detailed curriculum vitae with contact details, contactable references as well as any information they feel may be appropriate to their application. Different qualifications may be applicable, in accordance to the career path chosen. Please also include certified copies of all relevant certificates, ID documentation and proof of residence, no older than three months.
Candidates will also be required to have the following:
- Candidates must be a South African citizen
- Candidates must hold a Matric / Grade 12 certificate
- Candidates must be proficient in English (read, write and speak)
- Candidates must be proficient in one other national language
- Candidates who are Computer literate will be advantage
- Candidates must be self-motivated and a team player
- Flexibility with a commitment to learn, but moreover willingness to work
Merseta Learnerships Application
Learnerships online applications processes are made available, as these learnerships become obtainable. Candidates can download the learnership agreement form from the Merseta webpage. Learnerships may be for a duration of 12 to 24 months. Candidates must register with ESSA via this link.
Candidates wanting to apply can also find out from their University Career center, if there are any open learnerships. Advertisement’s will also be placed in newspapers, and/or on radio once these become available.
Merseta Learnerships Closing Dates
There are no distinct closing dates for these learnerships. Each will be dependent on the company providing the learnership.
Candidates must always remember to complete the application fully, and sign it. Documentation attached should never be your originals, but must be certified copies of the originals. Incomplete, late or applications without documentation will not be taken into consideration.
Candidates must always apply for a learnership within their interest and skills. If you apply for something you do not enjoy, and you get selected, you will be in that position for the entire term of the learnership, therefore, it is a great idea to ensure, that you apply for something you really want to do.