“860 people have joined the unemployment queues every day since 2008*.” How can we work together to change this? If you want to play a part in developing our economy but you have no space to place learners within your own business. There is a solution, a Hosted Learnership.
WHAT IS A HOSTED LEARNERSHIP?
A Hosted Learnership is a partnership between two companies, whereby one company (the sponsor) funds the Learnership programme, and the other company (the host) provides the workplace facility and dedicated mentors to assist and guide learners through their journey. The end outcome is enabled learners that can affectively apply their newly gained knowledge and experience.
RELATIONSHIP TO THE LEARNER:
• Contractually agrees to employ those learners for a specified period of time.
• They are the learners’ primary employer and responsible for the full employment relationship.
• Contractually agrees to provide the learners with an appropriate and equipped workplace.
• Their HR policies and workplace procedures will apply to the learners during this time.
WHO DOES WHAT?
It is important that the sponsor, host and training provider meet prior to the commencement of the Learnership programme to draw up and sign an SLA. A proper agreement and clear understanding of the roles and responsibilities of each party is essential for success.
• Manage the full employment relationship with the learners; including recruitment, disciplinary, grievance and dispute resolution procedures.
• Cover the following costs: the learner’s monthly stipend, recruitment costs, host costs and training fees.
• Manage the business contract. Should the learner attendance and behaviour be flagged, it would be the sponsor’s responsibility to address this. The sponsor must have an employment contract in place with each learner. This would clearly state the rules of engagement and the consequences of misconduct.
• Provide the learner with appropriate practical training and work experience in order to achieve the relevant outcomes required by the learnership.
• Provide a compatible workplace facility to help the learners (abled and disabled) effectively apply their learning outcomes.
• Induct the learners into their workplace, educate them on terms and conditions of employment and workplace policies and procedures.
• Release learners for their training interventions.
• Allocate experienced mentors to support and supervise the learners to achieve their workplace goals.
• Keep records and provide feedback to the learner and other parties.
TRAINING PROVIDER RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Induct new learners into the training programme.
• Provide the necessary training at the agreed upon location (normally the host company).
• Assign a Project Coordinator to manage and the successful implementation of the programme and to provide the host and sponsor with sufficient information and guidance
• Assign a Learner Coordinator to engage with and support the learners.
• Provide regular reports and updates to keep track of the learners’ progress.
• Source and vet a reliable and compatible host company.
• Supply the sponsor with possible learners, abled or disabled, that are correctly aligned with the chosen qualification.
• Follow all policies and procedures applicable at the host company.
• Be dedicated to showing up and completing all learnership requirements.
HOSTED LEARNERSHIP BENEFITS
• Play an active part in job creation without having to host the learners on your premises.
• Ability to claim BBBEE points for the learner’s monthly stipend, recruitment costs, host costs and training fees.
• Leverage the relevant tax rebates.
• Access to additional work resources
• Ability to claim BBBEE points for all the sundry costs associated with the Learnership.
• Develop a talent pool from which to select.
• Decrease unemployment rates
THE SECRET TO SUCCESS
A Learnership in itself is an extremely complex and often challenging project. A Hosted Learnership is even more so. Success requires:
• Close alignment between the training provider, sponsor and host
• Dedication and commitment from all parties
• Continuous monitoring and reporting on learners
• Sound project management of the process.
• Accountable parties with clear role and responsibilities
Learner engagement, retention and completion is dependent on a number of key factors:
• Selecting the right host to provide the right workplace
• Choosing the right qualification
• Identifying the right learners
• Designing and executing the right plan
• Providing the right support
• Appointing dedicated mentors
Enquire now and let one of our experts guide you through the process.
*Source: Quarterly Labour Force Survey – QLFS Q2:2018