Learnership VS Internship VS Apprenticeship

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On your road to career success, you might hear the words learnership, internship and apprenticeship thrown around. It's important to know the difference between these and to also know which one you should go for.

Learnership, internship, apprenticeship. What do these all mean? What should you be looking into? Breathe and keep reading to figure out what all this is referring to and what might be the best option for you.

The one thing all three of these things have in common is that it provides you experience in the field you wish to go into and has you on track to having a full time job.



Learnerships are there to help you gain experience and practical training and generally lasts for 12 to 18 months.

Learnerships are usually done to secure a formal qualification. Once the learnership is complete you receive a nationally recognized qualification in both theoretical and practical work components.

With some learnerships, you're paid a stipend or a learners allowance.

Click here to see list of learnership opportunities that are currently available in South Africa.

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An internship sees you getting work experience and most often you get paid. After the internship, you either move on to your next internship or you get a full-time job.

Internships are a good asset for your CV and will look good to future employers.

Some internships fall under Graduate Programmes for those who have completed their qualification and graduated but a Matric learner is able to participate in an internship as well.

On the other hand, some courses require an internship in order to graduate.

Click here to see list of internship opportunities that are currently available in South Africa.


An apprenticeship is a post-secondary learning option for individuals interested in learning a skilled trade. It combines theory and practical with valuable on the job training.

Apprenticeships are a good option but are only available in a limited number of jobs and professions.

While participating in an apprenticeship, you will receive a stipend and you'll work alongside experienced staff and become part of the team.

Click here to see list of apprenticeship opportunities that are currently available in South Africa.

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