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5 Colleges That Will Pay You to Study in South Africa


Here's a list of 5 Colleges that will pay you to study in South Africa and bag your self a qualification. These institutions offer courses, learnerships including paid studies that can help you fund your learning process.

Earning while you learn is the best of both worlds. Especially if you are looking to do both but not sure which one to start with first. Learnerships are a great way to learn a brand new skill and get a monthly incentive while you’re learning.

In today’s post, we will be going over some colleges in South Africa that offer learners a stipend while studying at their institution. 

Without wasting any time let’s get into it.

1. SA Business School

SA Business School offers sales and marketing learnerships that are designed to relate directly to a career in sales and marketing. The business school offers both funded and unfunded learnerships from National Qualifications Framework (NFQ) Level 1  to Level 6. Their qualifications are accredited by the relevant SETA and last up to 12 months.

Apply here: SA Business School Learnerships.

2. TvetSA (Thandeka Vocational Education Trust)

 Another South African college that gives learners an incentive is TvetSA. This college has several learnership programs ranging from a general certificate in clothing manufacturing. To a national certificate in wholesale and retail distribution. Most of their courses are 12 months long and are nationally recognized qualifications. 

 TvetSA’s qualifications infuse practical knowledge and work experience. The learning programs can be done on-site, in-factory, or online via a virtual classroom.

Apply  Here:  TvetSA Learnership Programmes

3. Gauteng City College

Gauteng City College (GCC) is a private initiative that is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET).  Additionally, it is accredited by all 21 SETA’s and other bodies.

GCC - Gauteng City College- offers learnerships and vocational training to its students in hopes of creating work for the youth, and placing the learned youth in the corporate world. 

After completing your learnership at Gauteng City College (GCC)  with the relevant SETA you will get:

  • An Attendance certificate
  • Qualification Certificate
  • Statement of Results

You can get the application form by filling in this request form.

4. Quest College of Technology

Based in Midrand, Quest College offers short courses and online learnerships to students interested in upskilling from home. All you have to do is set up an account, choose your course, and start studying online. The Best part is that all their certificates are not limited to a certain period, rather they are valid for a lifetime! 

Find out more: Quest College Courses & Programmes.

5. Gert Sibande Tvet College (Skills Academy)

Situated in Standerton, the Skills Academy and Artisan Development Centre under the Gert Sibande Tvet College offers learnerships, apprenticeships, short skills programs, and more. 

Skills Academy offers different learnerships that require Grade 9 or higher. However, some of their learnerships need matric or level 4.

Some of the learnership courses offered at the center:

  • National Certificate:  Hairdressing
  • National Certificate: Mixed Farming
  • National Certificate: Wholesale and Retail Operations
  • National Certificate: Accounting Technician
  • National Certificate: Information Technology: End-User Computing

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Learnerships are perfect for post-high schoolers and individuals who have post-matric knowledge but are not yet employed. 

As such, If you’re currently unemployed and are aged between 18-35, a learnerships is a great start. Find programs that align with your career and apply for them online, manually, or as per the course requirements.