Impact Assessment of Learnerships and Apprenticeships

Description

This study was commissioned by the Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services SETA (MERSETA) with the aim of ascertaining the efficiency and effectiveness of the learnership and apprenticeship systems and to assess their impact on the demand for and supply of skills for the industry. The aims of this research were influenced by the fact that an understanding of the potential impact of learnerships and apprenticeships on the labour market outcomes of beneficiaries within MERSETA is limited. There is a critical lack of data on the scale, number and career progression of qualified apprentices and learners as well as the employability of newly qualified learners existing at different NQF levels. The status of many participants, or their motives for studying and moving within the system, or the different pathways open to them or that they traverse is not known. Such information which must be as reliable and accurate as possible is needed in order to enhance MERSETA's ability to strategiclly intervene in training intiatives geared towards addressing the supply of and demand for skilled labour within the sector.

Specifically the objectives of the study were specified in the research brief as follows:
(a) To ascertain the effectiveness of the learnership and apprenticeship system in terms of:
career progression of qualified apprentice and learners who were employed before undertaking apprenticeship and learnship programmes
employability of newly qualified learners existing at various NQF levels
the number of qualified apprentices and learners produced against intake and specifically their trades or qualifications
administration of learnership and apprenticeships
(b) To ascertain whether industry demands are being met effectively through either the learnership or apprenticeship systems

Information

Evaluation Number:
32
Score:
3.7
Report Approval:
01 September 2008
Published:
28 February 2013
Initiated By:
Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Sector Education and Training Authority (MERSETA)
Undertaken By:
Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)
Evaluation Period:
2008
Evaluation Area:
Training, SETAs, FET, higher education
National Outcome:
National Outcome 5: A skilled and capable workforce to support an inclusive growth path.
Commissioned By:
Evaluation Type:
Impact
Evaluation Subject:
Programme
Geographic Scope:
National

Evaluation Documents

File Name
32 EQAT 20130320 tm_mb.pdf
Merseta Evaluation Report.pdf 32.pdf

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