The Letsema Learnership Programme is an annual 1-year Banking and Microfinance sector learnership that is funded by BANKSETA. BANKSETA pays for the recruitment of those who have finished matric (Grade 12) into learnerships, as well as paying a training provider to train the learners, a monthly stipend (allowance) for each learner, and learner support.
The registered employer hosts the learners and provides on-the-job workplace training for them. Theoretical training is also given, in a classroom setting by a registered, accredited training provider, and at a venue organized by the employer.
The banking sector in South Africa is committed to transformation, and the Letsema learnerships form part of the government’s National Skills Development Strategy to create skills and lessen poverty and unemployment.
Letsema learnerships are available to those with the necessary qualifications. They consist of both theoretical and practical training in the key role the banking sector plays in forming the economic, social and political landscape in South Africa.
This learnership will give you the opportunity to learn the skills and gain the knowledge, acceptable workplace behaviour and attitude that is required in the Banking and Microfinance sector.
Learners will earn a stipend for the duration of the learnership.
Letsema Learnership Requirements
There are certain requirements for being accepted into this learnership:
- You must be a South African citizen in possession of a valid SA ID
- Applicants must be in possession of a Standard 10/Grade 12 Certificate with a minimum pass of a C-Symbol on Standard Grade in English and a pass in Maths literacy / Mathematics or Accounting with a minimum C-symbol on Standard Grade
- You must have a clear credit record (ITC)
- Candidates may not have a criminal record
- You must be available to start the Learnership on 1st February 2014
- The following documents must be attached to your application or it will be disqualified:
- CERTIFIED COPY of your Identity Document ( Certification of documents can be done by a Commissioner of oaths at a police station or bank)
- A CERTIFIED COPY of your Testimonial
- CERTIFIED COPY of your Senior Certificate/Equivalent Certificates in the case of learners with disabilities
- DISABLED LEARNERS: Attach a medical certificate as proof of the nature of your disability. Do not send original documents, attach certified copies.
- You must be unemployed
- Applicants must be fluent in English and be able to communicate easily with people
- You must present a professional image
- All candidates may not have any pending employment offers
- You must be under the age of 30 years at as at 1 February 2015
- Candidates will need to provide a positive recommendation or an official testimonial from a previous learning institution, school or church
- You must not have participated in any other learnerships
- Applicants will be placed as near as possible to the address provided on your application form. You will not be able to transfer during the learnership
There is no guarantee of employment once you complete the Letsema learnership, but about 75% – 85% of those who successfully completed the learnership over the past few years were offered permanent employment in the banking sector.
It is important that you take this learnership seriously and show your willingness, positive attitude, motivation to do well and potential at all times as this is what will get you job offers.
The learnership contract is a legally binding contract and any irregularity or violation of the terms of the agreement will be dealt with in accordance with Sections 17 and 18 of the Skills Development Act, 97 of 1998.
Letsema Learnership Application Process
In order to apply for the Letsema Learnership, you must complete an application form in your own handwriting.
- You can get the “Application for Admission to the Letsema Learnership” form by clicking on this link, which will download the form directly onto your computer or phone.
- If you have any problems downloading the form, you can contact BANKSETA directly to find out where to collect it physically
- Applicants can collect an application form from any Kelly office; you can find the address of the nearest one in your local telephone directory or on their website
- You can also request an application form from Kelly by emailing them on email@example.com and requesting a form.
- When applying for the learnership, make sure that you specify the learnership post that you are applying for (e.g. Letsema Learnership: Gauteng Region.)
- Make sure that you sign the application form yourself
- Application forms that are late, incomplete or unsigned will not be accepted
- Incorrect or invalid details on your application will immediately disqualify you
- Photocopied forms will not be accepted
- Applicants with a qualification higher than a 1-year post-matric certificate will not be considered
- Applicants involved in other studies or planning to study from 1 January 2014 to 31 December 2014 will be not considered
- DO NOT apply more than once
Remember that you will be responsible for your own accommodation, transport, and meal costs. It is therefore suggested that you apply for a learnership in an area nearest to where you live.
Completed application forms with all necessary attached documents can be mailed (posted at the post office) to your nearest Kelly Office as per the address given on the application form or by e-mailing them in using the specific e-mail address for your nearest office, also provided in the application form.
Employment Equity targets will apply. You must be able to attend formal training blocks and will be responsible for your own transport costs.
If you have not been contacted for an interview by the end of October you should assume that your application was unsuccessful.
Letsema Learnership Closing Date
Application forms will be accessible from July. Applications for this learnership close August. It is highly recommended that you apply as soon as possible as time is short.