A Learnership is a vocational education and training programme. It combines theory and practice, culminating in a qualification that is registered with SAQA.

A person who successfully completes a learnership will have a qualification that signifies occupational competence and is recognised throughout the country. Learnerships range in NQF levels of 1-4.

Hygro offers the following learnerships:

  • Plant production NQF 1-4
  • Animal production NQF 1-4
  • Horticulture NQF 1

Anyone can apply for a learnership. It is open to both employed (18.1) and unemployed (18.2).


Who is involved in the learnership and what are their roles?

The learner: the learner that is placed in a learnership, signs a legal agreement with an employer which outlines the rights and responsibilities of the learner and follows the learning programme.

The employer: The employer provides the work experience part of the learnership and signs the same legal agreement stating the employer's rights and responsibilities, including agreements on the level of the learnership allowance.

Training provider: Training providers provide training on behalf of the employer and sign the same legal agreement stating the training provider's rights and responsibilities.

Agriseta: A Sector Education and Training Authority (SETA) organizes and facilitates the funding of learnerships in a specific area of the economy (for example transport or tourism and hospitality or agriculture), and ensures that the training is up to industry standard (quality assurance).