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A learnership is a training course which combines theoretical training at a FET College or Training Centre with relevant work experience, leading to a recognized national qualification sanctioned by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF). Learnerships are based on a legally binding contract involving an employer, a learner and a service provider. This contract aims to ensure that the training provided is of the highest quality.


A learnership qualification has 3 main components, which are Unit Standard based:

Fundamental:


This category in a qualification refers to those outcomes that are critical to a learner’s learning requirements – viz the ability to communicate (Language & Communication), the ability to calculate (Numeracy skills) as well as certain life skills (HIV & AIDS, IT skills, personal finances etc)

Core:


The Core consists of those more transferable, compulsory outcomes applicable to a specific field or discipline eg Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Welder etc.

Elective:


Elective refers to those outcomes that enable a learner to select certain specialised areas in order to achieve specialist skills in the qualification.


Responding to the above, The Newcastle Training Centre has established a highly recommended, nationally renown Fundamentals Unit catering for any qualification (NQF Level 1 – NQF level 4) requiring Fundamental Training & Assessment.

On-site Fundamental Training


Is available, but only by prior arrangement, and under certain conditions.

Current Products & Services (Fundamentals):

PRODUCT & SERVICE

LEVEL

NATIONAL CERTIFICATE

Fundamental Training & Assessment

Electrical

Mechanical

MC&I

Fabrication

Communication

2 - 4

Numeracy

2 - 4

Life Skills

 

 

 

 

 

Computer basics

1 - 3

HIV & AIDS

1 - 2

Portfolio Building

1 - 2

OTHER NON-TECHNICAL UNIT STANDARDS OFFERED

LEVEL

Business Unit Standards

L 2 & L4

Basic First-Aid L2
Basic Fire - Fighting L2
Finance Unit Standards L1 - L3
Project Managment L4
Work in a team L4

OTHER SERVICES

LEVEL

ABET Training (Literacy & Numeracy)

L1 - L4

RPL Selected Fundamental Unit Standards L2
Moderation – Fundamental Assessments L1 - L4
Evaluation of Learners for placement purposes -
ETDP Registered Assessors & Moderators -

APPROXIMATE DURATION OF FUNDAMENTAL TRAINING

(Days)

BLOCK 1

BLOCK 2

BLOCK 3

End Jan – Mid Apr

May - July

Mid Aug – Mid Nov

 

NATIONAL CERTIFICATE

 

Electrical

Mechanical

MC&I

Fabrication

LEVEL 2

60

60

60

60

LEVEL 3

40

55

40

55

LEVEL 4

40

35

40

40

After completion of the prescribed period of workplace practical training (normally 80 weeks), the employer may want the learner to undergo some refresher period of training. This may be necessary because, although the learner was exposed to all aspects of the training, he may not have been exposed to it often enough for personal mastery to have been achieved. Newcastle Training Centre offers the Trade Finishing course for every course that is Trade Tested. As a guideline, the duration of the Trade Finishing course is indicated under the course detail for each Trade ( 6.1 to 6.9) , but the employer may, depending on the state of readiness of the learner, send the learner for less (or more) than the indicated time period.
Pre-Trade Test Assessments:
The length of Trade Finishing course may be guided by a Pre-Trade Test Assessment, which will determine the learner’s state of readiness for the Trade Test.

Trade Assessments (Trade Test):
Newcastle Training Centre is also an accredited National Trade Test Centre in the following trade disciplines:
• Boilermaker
• Electrician
• Electro-Mechanician (Millwright)
• Fitter
• Fitter and Turner
• Turner
• Instrument Mechanician
• Rigger
• Welder
Application for trade test is done through the Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Sector Education and Training Authority (MERSETA).

Employer Responsibilities:
Should you as employer decide to make use of Newcastle Training Centre as a Training Provider we would like to bring the following aspects to your attention.

Learner Reservations, Payments & Refunds
Learner reservations for training courses must be made at least THREE weeks before commencement of the course. A learner will not be allowed on course if the course fee is not paid in full or if an official company order has not been received. Refunds for learner withdrawals will only be processed if THREE WEEKS written notice has been given (by FAX or E-mail)

Transport
The College is under no obligation to arrange or provide any kind of transport for learners.

Accommodation
The DRAKENSBERG LODGE has various categories of accommodation available. Should you wish to make use of their facilities please liaise with them directly. Their contact details are provided on page 2.

Withdrawal And Absenteeism
Learner withdrawals and absenteeism must be brought to the attention of the Newcastle Training Centre, Planning Office as soon as possible.

Safety Equipment
The employer must equip the Learner with the necessary safety clothing /equipment and resources as prescribed by Newcastle Training Centre and by OHS legislation.

Enquiries:
All enquiries, complaints or dissatisfaction about training standards, discipline, training facilities, or any other matter must be directed to the Manager: Newcastle Training Centre.

Apprentice Contracts / Learnership Agreements
It is the employers responsibility to conclude a Training Contract with the Learner. Should you, the employer require assistance in this matter, please make the necessary arrangements with the Newcastle Training Centre, Planning Office.

Where assessment of employee’s workplace skills are required a special program can be developed, in consultation with your company, to meet your specific needs.

The following is an example of such an assessment program:

• A visit to your company by our assessment team in order to evaluate the type of equipment used on the plant in your company.
• Confirmation of the skills expected from your employees by your company.
• Theoretical and Practical assessment of employee’s workplace skills.
• Determining the skills gap of each person, if any.
• Written report on the assessment of your employees.
• Proposed planning and costing of training required for your employees.
• Training program for your employees.

The following courses are also offered:
• P1 and P2 training for Learner Technicians.
• Training of Artisans (Trade conversion and further specialized training).
• Flameproof (Can be presented on site).
• Specific Rigging requirements can also be addressed. (Also possible on site).
• Coded Welding.
• First Aid (Red Cross).
• Computer Training (ASTA).
• Special Skills Programs: designed to suit your specific needs

Course Duration:
Training for all the different trades is normally programmed into 3 week courses. Should there, however, be a need for shorter courses, these can be negotiated and structured to meet your needs.

Formative assessments are administered at regular intervals throughout the training period in order to determine if a candidate is progressing, with summative, integrated assessments at the end of each course/module. Hence, the candidate’s progress is monitored throughout the training with the client receiving regular feedback and progress reports.

Learner guides and task books are issued at the commencement of each new training course/module. All trainees receive a valid certificate of recognition for the successful completion of courses.

Important:
Upon arrival the learner must have the following learning aids, safety and general resources:

Stationery:
• Pen,
• Pencil,
• Eraser,
• Calculator,
• Ruler

Personal Protective Equipment:
• Overall,
• Safety Shoes,
• Hearing Protection

General:
• Padlock & Keys

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