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DO CONTINUED LEARNERSHIPS CONSTITUTE 'ABSORPTION’?


Q | In 2023, a Measured Entity had an unemployed Learner enrolled in an NQF 4 Learnership. In 2024 the same Learner was enrolled in an NQF 5 Learnership. Does a continued Learnership constitute Absorption?

 

A | Schedule 1 of the Amended General B-BBEE Codes of Good Practice defines Absorption as: “…Measured Entity’s ability to successfully secure a long-term contract of employment for the Employee, Learner, Intern or Apprentice.”

 

Furthermore, “long-term contract of employment” means a legal agreement between an individual and an entity that this individual would work for until his or her mandatory date of retirement;

 

As the Learner was unemployed and thus did not have a long-term contract of employment before the Learnerships, the Skills Development Scorecard does not recognise Absorption.

 

The only exception is if a B-BBEE Sector Code of Good Practice defines Absorption differently.

 

Skills Development Services are available for Members  with regards to the concept of Absorption.

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