Are you planning a career in teaching?

Why does Elkanah House have a Learnership programme?

Elkanah House, as an independent school, believes that one of its most important tasks is to assist in improving the quality of education in South Africa. Therefore Elkanah has made it a key objective to increase the number of teachers in the country by providing opportunities for young people to gain teaching experience while studying. Because of the critical shortage of qualified teachers in South Africa we believe that creating opportunities for sharing our expertise in developing well trained teachers is vital. 

What is a Learnership programme?

Learnership programmes provide an opportunity to gain work experience while studying towards a nationally recognised qualification.

Elkanah House has developed a programme to assist young people who would like to pursue a career in teaching. Our Learnership programme offers prospective teachers an opportunity to study education while gaining valuable practical experience.  We have been running a successful Learnership programme since 2008. The programme combines work based experience with studying through correspondence.

What will you need to study?

In order to qualify as a teacher, there are two possible routes:

·         High school leavers with a Senior Certificate can complete a four-year teaching qualification leading to a Bachelors Education Degree

·         Graduates with an undergraduate degree can complete a one-year full-time Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)

Teaching qualifications are divided into different phases of specialisation:

·         Early Childhood Development – ages 0 - 5

·         Foundation Phase – Grades R to 3

·         Intermediate Phase – Grades 4 to 6

·         Senior Phase – Grades 7 to 9

·         Further Education and Training (FET) phase – Grades 10 to 12 

What will you be expected to do?

The expectations may vary slightly depending on your academic year and the phase which you are studying. Learnerships will observe experienced teachers in the classroom and in time there will be opportunities to gain hands-on experience which can include working with individual children or small groups, assisting the teacher in supervising the pupils, and assisting with class preparation and administration. Learnerships are also expected to become involved in the life of the school, which will result in a better understanding of how schools are run and give you exposure to different types of school events and extra-curricular activities. 

Where will you be working?

We have 4 different campuses that have been established according to different age groups. You will work with the age group that is related to your qualification.

What are the advantages of doing a learnership?

·         You will gain on-the-job experience in a supportive environment

·         Your studies will be more relevant as they can be related to a real school

·         You will learn from experienced teachers

·         You will have opportunities to participate in development workshops to enhance your knowledge

·         You will participate in school life and interact with pupils on a daily basis

What are the terms of employment?

·         Learnerships are paid a small stipendthat can contribute to the cost of your studies

·         Working hours will vary from phase to phase but in general the student is expected to work for 4 days per week (school hours) or the equivalent thereof

·         Elkanah House enters into a contract with the student for one year only. This is reviewed annually based on performance and results

·         We do not currently offer financial assistance for study fees or text books 

What are the application criteria?

We have a maximum number of learnership positions that we are able to accommodate and the number of places available will vary from year to year. We accept applications throughout the year and interviews usually take place in the 3rd term.

Successful candidates must meet the following criteria:

·      Be registered for study through correspondence (Certificate/Diploma in Early Childhood Development, Bachelor of Education Degree or Post Graduate Certificate in Education)

·      Be passionate about working with children

·      Be available to work for 4 schools days per week or the equivalent thereof

·      Be willing to get involved in school events

·      Hold South African citizenship

·      Reside in Cape Town within commutable distance from Blouberg

Learnerships will be responsible for applying and registering with UNISA. Employment is subject to proof of registration. 

How can you apply for a learnership position?

Please forward the following documentation to hr@elkanah.co.zaor fax: 021 554 8681:

·         Curriculum Vitae with two contactable references

·         A letter of motivation

·         A certified copy of your ID document

·         A certified copy of your last academic results

Preference will be given to candidates from previously disadvantaged groups

Applications for learnership positions in 2014 have closed. Applications may be submitted for 2015 and will be kept on file until the recruitment process for 2015 commences later this year.

Elkanah House reserves the right not to fill the position or interview for the position. An application in itself does not entitle the applicant to an interview.

Who can you contact if you have a query?

Please email hr@elkanah.co.zaif you have any questions regarding our learnership programme.