Education and employment go hand in hand

//Education and employment go hand in hand

Education and employment go hand in hand

Grow employment among SA’s youth through on-the-job training


As the class of 2017 prepares to enter the workforce after 12-years of schooling, more emphasis should be placed on on-the-job training as a valuable, alternative post-matric study option.

Since South Africa’s unemployment rate is the highest it’s been in 14-years, Richard Rayne, CEO of iLearn – a leading corporate learning solutions provider, says matrics are encouraged to think of alternative study options to increase their chances of entering the job market.  Rayne says skills development through Learnerships is one way of doing this, and is guaranteed to make a positive contribution to the country’s economy since it upskills individuals in areas of national significance.

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

“With unemployment at an all-time high, we need to start thinking out-of-the-box, and skills development in scarce skills areas specifically is one way of empowering millennials to obtain a qualification and make a difference,” Rayne says.

How on-the-job training will benefit the learner:


  • An opportunity to enter the job market and appeal to current and future employers
  • A fixed-term employment contract and generous allowance for the duration of the programme
  • A nationally-recognised qualification.


Rayne says iLearn works with forward-thinking companies to deliver Learnership qualifications, as well as instructor-led and online short courses (a “highly recommended option for millennials”) that youngsters can embark on after matric to further their education. Similarly, he says companies can also use them to help upskill their employees and grow their business.

“Digital learning is especially important for the age we live in and has become the preferred way for people, and millennials especially, to communicate and learn all over the world. It places the learner at the centre of the learning process,” he says. Rayne says iLearn is committed to empowering people to empower others.


“Our country is crying out to the Millennial generation to develop the skills that trade and industry need right now to move South Africa forward,” he says.


For enquiries on Recruitment companies offering Learnerships or short courses contact:



Company Contact Person Contact Number
Barika ConsultingKarabo Mohasoane011 029 9862
Olisima SolutionsSello Maimane061 460 3840
SiyakhaVerna Christian021 421 5478
MintorLeanne Viviers073 540 1390




Note to Editor: iLearn is an accredited corporate learning solutions provider with over 16 years’ experience. iLearn works together with forward-thinking companies to grow their people and their business. They do this by easily and effectively upskilling their people through transformative learning solutions that are purposeful and continuous. To date they have empowered over 100,000 people and upskilled over 500 companies nationally. For more information visit:


Issued byPositive Dialogue Communications
On behalf of iLearn
For more information contactCherná Misrole
Tel (021) 461 5108


2018-01-30T10:15:43+00:00 29th January 2018|iLearn in the News|