Being BEE compliant will enable a business to obtain better contracts, in addition, it provides credibility for the company.  Training staff members is beneficial for the company.


There are a number of benefits for implementing B-BBEE within a company, but when training has occurred, there are more employable people as training has taken place and staff members have improved their skills competence.  One of the ways a company can improve its B-BBEE scorecard is to implement training, as training and development spend earns 20 points on the BEE scorecard.  In addition to the 20 points, companies are entitled to claim up to 40% on any staff training costs.


The general benefits of training are:

  • Increased job satisfaction and morale among employees.
  • Increased employee motivation.
  • Increased efficiencies in processes, resulting in financial gain.
  • Increased capacity to adopt new technologies and methods.
  • Increased innovation in strategies and products.
  • Reduced employee turnover.
  • Enhanced company image, e.g., conducting ethics training (not a good reason for ethics training!).
  • Risk management, e.g., training about sexual harassment, diversity training.


The following are typical reasons for employee training and development:

  • When a performance appraisal indicates performance improvement is needed.
  • To “benchmark” the status of improvement so far in a performance improvement effort.
  • As part of an overall professional development program.
  • As part of succession planning to help an employee be eligible for a planned change in role in the organization.
  • To “pilot”, or test, the operation of a new performance management system.
  • To train about a specific topic (see below):
    • Communications: The increasing diversity of today’s workforce brings a wide variety of languages and customs.
    • Computer skills: Computer skills are becoming a necessity for conducting administrative and office tasks.
    • Customer service: Increased competition in today’s global marketplace makes it critical that employees understand and meet the needs of customers.
    • Diversity: Diversity training usually includes an explanation about how people have different perspectives and views, and includes techniques to value diversity.
    • Ethics: Today’s society has increasing expectations about corporate social responsibility. Also, today’s diverse workforce brings a wide variety of values and morals to the workplace.
    • Human relations: The increased stresses of today’s workplace can include misunderstandings and conflict. Training can people to get along in the workplace.
    • Quality initiatives: Initiatives such as Total Quality Management, Quality Circles, benchmarking, etc., require basic training about quality concepts, guidelines and standards for quality, etc.
    • Safety: Safety training is critical where working with heavy equipment, hazardous chemicals, repetitive activities, etc., but can also be useful with practical advice for avoiding assaults, etc.
    • Sexual harassment: Sexual harassment training usually includes a careful description of the organization’s policies about sexual harassment, especially about what are inappropriate behaviours.

It is imperative though, to ensure that all training is recorded so that it can easily be submitted for the BEE audit.


How to benefit from training?

Skills development is one of the easiest elements to gain points.  Succeeding in this element will not only assist with the BEE score, but it will also assist the company with the skills that are required as well as potentially reducing unemployment.

  • 8-points can be earned if the company invests 6% of payroll in the training of black people.
  • An additional 4-points can be earned of 0.3% of the total payroll is spent on learning programmes for disabled black employees.
  • By participating in learnerships, apprenticeships or internships a company can claim and additional 4-points if 2.5% of the employees are enrolled on such programmes, and an additional 4 points if 2.5% of the company’s headcount are black unemployed learners.
  • Additional 5-bonus points can be earned if all the unemployed learners are gainfully employed on the conclusion of the learnership.


There are additional benefits under the latest codes that relate to training and development.  These are as follows:

  • The training costs of unemployed learners can be claimed.
  • The salaries of learners enrolled on learnerships, apprenticeships or internships can count towards training expenditure.
  • The cost of the Skills Development Facilitator can be claimed as a training expense.
  • 15% of training spend can consist of internal non-accredited training.
  • There is a R60 000.00 tax-break per participant registered on a learnership.


Therefore, to conclude, there are a number of incentives to train employed and non-employed persons.  There are a number of registered qualifications as well as short learning programmes offered by both the private providers as well as public institutions that can assist in meeting the company’s training needs.  The ICB has a number of registered learnerships that can assist companies in addressing the training and development requirements.



Contact ELMI today to implement corporate training at your company.




You’re trying to decide where (and possibly what) to study and the options seem endless – how do you know which is the right study path for you? Attending a college is an investment in your future, but how do you ensure you get the best return on that investment?

The East London Management Institute (ELMI) was founded in 2008 with the belief that with the proper skills and guidance, any student can recognise their potential and realise their dreams.

Every day we help our students identify their strengths and sharpen their talents in order to become an asset to those they work with in future.

Here are 10 reasons why you should choose ELMI as your college:

1. Get a registered and industry-recognised qualification

ELMI is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training as a Private Higher Education Institution and accredited by the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO) as a Private Higher Education Institution. We are also registered with the Council of Higher Education as a Private Higher Education Institution so you can be assured that your chosen qualification will be recognised and valued in your future line of work.

2. We are adaptable to your needs

We are agile enough to adapt to changes in the market as well as global changes like COVID-19. During the government instituted lockdown, where we were able to go online in a matter of weeks and continue the academic year for our students.

We have registered qualifications for those with or without Matric on hand for you to choose from. From customisable business skills courses to part-time and full-time qualifications in the following faculties:

We also have courses in Tourism and Hospitality and Digital Marketing on offer.

3. We help you choose a study path that is suited to you

Not sure what to study? No problem! You can visit our campus in Southernwood, East London and receive a personality and career assessment for free. Our friendly student advisors will chat with you about all the options you have available to you. You will also get a personality and career profile to complete which will help you to find out what you’re naturally good and what careers you’d be inclined towards.

4. Our past students recommend ELMI

There’s no better indicator of the quality of education you’ll receive at a college other than word of mouth from past students. ELMI has been described as ‘innovative’ and ‘the perfect part-time study solution while having a family and work commitments.’ An IT student said: ‘the lecturers at ELMI College are always there to help’ and an ICB student said ‘studying through ELMI College has been one of the best decisions I’ve made!’ Don’t take our word for it! Read more on our testimonials page.

5. We are affordable

Study at ELMI and you’ll get excellent value for money and the highest quality education possible for your fees. We have payment options for most of our qualifications which includes a cash option or a monthly payment plan. Chat to a student advisor for more information.

6. Be inspired by experienced professionals

Our lecturers go beyond the syllabus and into personal experience, bringing relevant knowledge to the classroom. We create first hand, real-world challenges that give students practical skills, as well as theoretical knowledge so you are confidently prepared for the working world.

7. Study whenever you want to

We offer part-time and full-time studies, to fit around your job or responsibilities. We also have options available that do not require a Matric for entrance. Don’t miss out on studying – sign up with ELMI today.

8. We empower our graduates for success in the working world

Our amazing team is passionate about inspiring, motivating and educating young people with love and care. We go out of our way to make sure learning is more than just a classroom experience.  ELMI College partners with locally owned East London businesses. Since 2011, these ongoing collaborations have inspired and prepared our students for the realities of the exciting world of work.

9. Get more than just a classroom experience

At ELMI, we organise events to inspire you to connect with like-minded individuals and professionals in your chosen industry. Events such as the SABC Careers Expo, Graphic Design Expo and Coffee & Croissants Networking events give you the opportunity to mingle with peers and make connections that could serve you well after graduation.

10. Make connections that last

At ELMI, you will get to know like-minded students from all over East London and South Africa. We limit the number of students per classroom so you’ll be given the time and attention you need to succeed.  What’s more, you’ll make friends easily with your tight-knit class during and after sessions at the many extra-curricular events ELMI provides.

Are you excited about starting your studying journey at ELMI College? Would you like to know more about our faculties and student life?

Fill in a contact form on our website and we’ll be in touch soon to make an appointment with you. Get free career guidance and a personality profile from an ELMI student advisor today!

What is a learnership?

A learnership is a work-based learning programme that leads to a qualification that is registered in the National Qualifications Framework.  Learnerships are directly related to an occupation or field of work, for example, bookkeeping or office administration.  The aims of learnerships are to address the challenges of:

  • Decreasing employment;
  • Unequal access to education and training, and employment opportunities;
  • The effects of race, gender and geographical location on educational advancement;
  • and over and above the skills shortages in South Africa.


Who qualifies for a learnership?

Learnerships are available for those who have completed school, college or learning at other training institutions, or for those who are studying part-time.  Unemployed South Africans can participate in a learnership programme if there is an employer who is prepared to provide the required work experience.


What are the benefits of learnerships to employers?

As the learnerships are developed by industry for the industry, and in consultation with all stakeholders, the learning programmes and qualifications linked to these learnerships are relevant to the specific occupation.  When learners partake in a learnership there is a greater credibility of the qualifications as the employer has the assurance that the learners can demonstrate not only theory competence but practical competence as well.


As learnerships combine both practical a theory outcome of a qualification, they provide skilled people who:

  • tend to work more independently, need less supervision and possess enhanced problem-solving capabilities;
  • are motivated and strive to add value to the business;
  • are less likely to leave a company that takes an interest and invests in their personal and professional development;
  • entering into learning contracts with unemployed people contributes to building up the skills pool, from which employers may recruit relevant skills as needed;
  • have more skills. The more skills gained, the greater the productivity and the more meaningful the individual’s contribution to South Africa’s global competitiveness and to creating an environment conducive to investment.


By placing un-employed learners on a learnership, the employer has access to a wider pool of appropriately qualified workers who have developed skills that are relevant to the company’s specific work context.


Furthermore, there is an increased return on investment when implementing training initiatives.  Not only are there BEE benefits, but there are:

  • Higher returns from the Skills Levy and investment in training, due to transfer of learning to the job.
  • Increased grant disbursements from Skills Levy contributions. Many SETAs offer Learnership grants ranging from R 4 000 – R 40 000 per learner. However, the grants are subject to availability and are offered on a first come, first serve basis on the condition that the Learnership address a scarce skill in the sector.
  • Tax Incentives: SARS offers companies attractive tax incentives for participating in Learnerships. Tax Incentives are deductions on your taxable income that you can claim for each Learnership candidate that you have in your employment, once at the start of the Learnership, and once again at its completion.
    • For learnerships entered into after 1 October 2016 but before 1 April 2022:
      • The allowance will depend on the NQF (National Qualification Framework) level of the learnership. For NQF level 1-6, the employer can claim a tax allowance of R40,000 (R60,000 for disability) per year and NQF level 7-10, It can claim a tax allowance of R20,000 (R50,000 for disability) per year.
      • The employer can claim a R40,000 “completion allowance” for NQF level 1-6 (R60,000 for disability) and R20,000 for NQF level 7-10 (R50,000 for disability).
      • If the Learnership exceeds 24 months, then the completion allowance is multiplied by the number of consecutive 12-month periods within the duration of that learnership.


What are the benefits of learnerships for learners?

The following are the benefits of learnerships for learners:

  • Better employment opportunities afterwards;
  • Fixed-term employment contract for the duration of the Learnership;
  • Learnerships improve on the job performance so they are able to do things relevant to the job;
  • A nationally-recognised qualification that is relevant to the sector;
  • Earning a learner allowance for the duration of the Learnership.


What does a learner receive on completion?

During the Learnership, learners will be required to complete assignments, tasks and practical tests and projects. They will be formally assessed in the classroom and the workplace.

If all these assignments are completed successfully, they will be awarded an NQF-registered qualification, which is recognized nationally. They will receive a certificate stating the qualification and the area of skill development.


What is required to enter into a Learnership?

If a learner is accepted, he/she will need to sign two legal documents:

  • Learnership Agreement: this is an agreement signed by the learner, the organisation employing the learner, and the education provider offering the theoretical training component of the Learnership. This agreement clearly outlines the rights and responsibilities of all three parties.
  • Employment contract: this is a contract they will sign with the employer, which is only valid for the time period of the Learnership.


Can a Learnership be terminated?

An employer can terminate the contract of a Learnership if:

  • The duration specified in the Learnership agreement has expired;
  • The employer and learner have agreed in writing to terminate the Learnership agreement, or if there is no such agreement, the SETA that registered the agreement approves the termination; or
  • The learner is fairly dismissed for a reason related to the learner`s conduct or capacity as an employee.


Roles and responsibilities

The following are the roles and responsibilities of each party.


  • SETAs
    • To register learnership agreements.
    • Promote learnerships across all levels and sectors.


  • Learners
    • Enter learnership agreement between the employer and skills development provider.
    • Actively participate in induction programmes.
    • Work for the employer form the duration of the learnership agreement.
    • Register with a skills development provider for the theory component of the learnership qualification.
    • Register with the ICB for the theory and practical assessments associated with the relevant qualification and learnership.
    • To be available for and participate in all theory instruction and structured work experience required for the completion of the learnership.
    • Adhere to all workplace policies and procedures.
    • Complete all documentation associated with the learnership and complete and submit a workplace portfolio of evidence for assessment.


  • Skills Development Provider
    • Ensure that they are accredited by the examining body to offer tuition towards the relevant qualification that underpins the learnership.
    • Ensure that they meet the quality assurance criteria set by the examining.
    • Provide tuition in line with the outcomes of the modules of the relevant qualifications.
    • Enquire that learners are registered with the examining body for the national assessments.
    • Ensure that they are registered with the Department of Higher Education, Science and Technology.


  • Employer as a workplace provider
    • Attain accreditation with the examining body to offer the practical component of the learnership.
    • Appoint a mentor to the learner for the duration of the structured workplace component.
    • Implement a quality management system to manage:
      • Learner induction
      • Learner support
      • Mentoring
      • Performance management
    • Enter learnership agreement with the learner and accredited skills development provider.
    • Enter employment contract with the learner.
    • Comply with all applicable labour legislation.
    • Schedule and provider learner with appropriate training and exposure to the practical outcomes of the learnership as stipulated in the workplace portfolio of evidence available from the examining body.
    • Supervise the learner for the duration of the learnership agreement.
    • Release the learner for training and assessments applicable to the learnership.


In conclusion, learnerships are positive programmes that enhance the education and potential of those entering the workforce.







University degrees are not always a prerequisite, but certainly help potential employees earn higher salaries, Lars Fischer, Michael Page South Africa Operations Director, says.

And while graduates tend to earn more than their peers, Fischer said employees without degrees can still earn up to R1.2 million per year in the right jobs.

Statistics South Africa in 2017 estimated that South Africans with a bachelor’s degree earn 330% more than those without any tertiary education.

The typical salary for employees with grade 12 is R59,724 per annum versus R160,536 for employees with a diploma, and R258,324 for employees with a degree.

Michael Page’ Fischer gave Business Insider South Africa a list of the five top-earning careers in the country where you don’t need a degree.