Merseta Learner Questionnaire
 

My name is ….. and I am a BE@UP fieldworker  and I am requesting 30 minutes of your time so that I can ask you a few questions regarding the learning programme you participated in with merSETA.The merSeta in response to the NSDS III, have implemented various workplace learning programs to assist learners and graduates with the much needed work experience. These include apprenticeship and learnerships. The merSeta is now conducting a Tracer Study to take stock of employment status, post learning programme  activities and expectations of learners who have successfully passed their learning programme during the period 1stApril 2012 to 30th March 2013. This to establish whether these workplace learning initiatives were successful and effective towards skilling and increasing learners employability within the manufacturing and engineering space, identify areas of weaknesses and strengths to make recommendations on potential improvements on the programme. The merSETA contracted BE@UP to conduct this study on their behalf. 

 
   
 

Section A: Biographical information

   
  1. Please complete the fields below:
     
  Name and Surname of Interviewer
  Name and Surname of Respondent
  ID of Respondent
     
  2.a. Did you complete
     
  a MerSeta Learnership
  Apprenticeship
  or are you still busy with it?
   
  2.b. Where did you reside during the Learning Program/Training?
   
  2.c. Where do you currently Reside?
   
 
     
  3. Please indicate the municipality you currently reside in?
  4. Please indicate the town you currently reside in?
     
  5. Which race group do you fall in?
     
 
   
  6. What is your gender?
   
  7. Please indicate your age?
     
 
   
  8.a. What was your highest educational qualification prior to the Leaning Program?
     
  No Formal schooling
  Primary school
  Secondary School
  Matric
  Learnership (please indicate level)
  Apprenticeship (please indicate N level)
  Undergraduate degree/diploma/certificate
  Honours
  Masters
  None
  Other
   
  8.b. What was your highest educational qualification after completion of Learning Program.?
     
  No Formal schooling
  Primary school
  Secondary School
  Matric
  Learnership (please indicate level)
  Apprenticeship (please indicate N level)
  Undergraduate degree/diploma/certificate
  Honours
  Masters
  None
  Other
   
  8.c. What are your current studies?
     
  No Formal schooling
  Primary school
  Secondary School
  Matric
  Learnership (please indicate level)
  Apprenticeship (please indicate N level)
  Undergraduate degree/diploma/certificate
  Honours
  Masters
  None
  Other
   
 
     
  9. Who is the training provider who trained you?
  10. Please indicate the name of the learning programme that you were trained on?
     
  11. Under which chamber did you receive your Learning Program?
     
  Metal
  Motor
  Plastic
  Auto
  Unknown
  Other – Please specify
   
  Other – Please specify:
 
   
  12. When did you begin the learning programme?
     
  2010
  2011
  2012
  2013
   
  13. When did you complete the learning programme?
     
  2010
  2011
  2012
  2013
   
  14. How long did it take you to complete the learning programme?
     
  0-12 months
  13-24 months
  25-36 months
  37-48 months
   
  15. How many times did you take the final test for the learning programme?
     
  Once
  Twice
  Thrice
  Four times
  Five times
  Other - Please specify
   
  Other – Please specify:
 
   
  16. Please indicate the type of Apprenticeship that you undertook?
     
  Section 13
  Section 28
   
  17. What is your current employment status? Demographics and TOR 1
     
  14.1 Employed – Full time by original employer: GO TO SECTION B.1
  14.2 Employed – Full time by a different employer: GO TO SECTION B.1
  14.3 Employed – Part-time employed by original employer: GO TO SECTION B.1
  14.4 Employed – Part-time employed by a different employer: GO TO SECTION B.1
  14.5 Unemployed– GO TO SECTION B.2
  14.6 Self employed
  14.8 Other – Please specify
   
  Other – Please specify:
 
   
   
 

Section B: Reasons for leaving or staying with employer

Section B.1 EMPLOYED LEARNERS

   
  18. What is your current job/trade title?
     
  Boilermaker
  Electrician
  Fitter
  Millwright
  Rigger
  Welder
  Motor Mechanics
  Fitter and Turner
  Instrument Mechanics
  Automotive Body Repair
  Other – please specify
   
  Other – Please specify:
 
   
  19. Which sector do you currently work in?
     
  Automotive
  Metals
  Plastics
  Retail
  Other – Please specify
   
  Other – Please specify:
 
   
  19.1 Please describe your job title? (What are your tasks, what do you do?)
   
 
   
  20. What is the size of the company you are working for?
     
  Micro (0-19 employees)
  Small (20-49 employees)
  Medium (50-149 employees)
  Large (150+ employees)
  Other - Please specify
   
  Other – Please specify:
 
   
  21. If EMPLOYED BY ORIGINAL; what are the reason/s for staying with your current employer?
     
  Higher wages
  Further training and personal development opportunities
  Job satisfaction
  Fear of not finding another employment
  Career mobility
  Excellent benefits
  Other – Please specify
   
  Other – Please specify:
 
   
  23. Have you undergone further training since you completed …… learning program? (Please check your sample details- please pre-populate before interviewing)
     
  Yes
  No
   
  24. If EMPLOYED BY A DIFFERENT EMPLOYER: What are the reasons/s for leaving the employer who you trained under?
     
  Higher Wages
  Further training and personal development opportunities
  Dismissed
  Lack of job satisfaction
  Lack of mentoring and coaching
  No job opportunities at the employer
  Other – Please specify
   
  Other – Please specify:
 
   
  25. Rank the chosen reason/s for leaving the employer using a scale of 1-5. The most important should be assigned 1 and the least important 5.
     
  Higher Wages
  Further training and personal development opportunities
  Dismissed
  Lack of job satisfaction
  Lack of mentoring and coaching
  Other – Please specify
     
  26. How long did it take you to secure employment?
     
  0-12 months
  13-24 months
  25-36 months
  37-48 months
  Other – Please specify
   
  Other – Please specify:
 
   
  27. How did you secure alternative employment?
     
  Word of Mouth
  Referral
  Recruitment agency
  Print media
  Online job search sites
  Other – Please specify
   
  Other – Please specify:
 
   
  28. Are you employed in a different field compared to the learning programme you were trained in?
     
  Yes
  No
   
  29. If yes, please provide reasons?
   
 
   
  30. Have you undergone further training since you left the original company that trained you?
     
  Yes
  No
   
  31. If Yes to question 29. Please indicate the training intervention?
     
  Apprenticeship
  Learnership
  Internship
  Certificate Courses
  Short course
  Skills programme
  Degree/Diploma
  Honours
  Masters
  Other-Please specify
   
  Other – Please specify:
 
   
   
 

SECTION B.2 - UNEMPLOYED LEARNERS

   
  32. If unemployed are you still looking actively looking for a job?
     
  Yes
  No
   
  33. How long have you been actively looking for a job?
     
  Less than 3 months
  Between 3 and 6 months
  Between six months and 1 year
  Between 1 and 2 years
  More than 2 years
  Other
   
  34. Could you describe briefly the reasons for not having found employment? Once it is several reasons, please rate them on a scale of 1-5, where 1 means most relevant and 5 means least relevant.
     
  I do not want a job
  Too few jobs available on the market at the moment
  More experienced people are getting the jobs
  I am not looking hard enough
  I am being turned down by every company I apply to but I do not know why
  Other - Please specify
     
  35. Have you undergone further training since you completed your ….. program? (Please check your sample details- please pre-populate before interviewing)
     
  Yes
  No
   
   
 

Section E: linkage between learning programme and employability 

   
  36. The merSETA ………learning programme assisted me in enhancing career prospects (Please check your sample details- please pre-populate before interviewing)
     
  Strongly agree
  Agree
  Neutral
  Disagree
  Strongly disagree
   
  37. The merSETA …… learning programme assisted me in entering further training programmes. (Please check your sample details- please pre-populate before interviewing)
     
  Strongly agree
  Agree
  Neutral
  Disagree
  Strongly disagree
   
  38. The merSETA ……..learning programme assisted my job performance. (Please check your sample details- please pre-populate before interviewing)
     
  Strongly agree
  Agree
  Neutral
  Disagree
  Strongly disagree
   
   
 

Section F: General

   
  39. Which areas of the merSETA ……..learning programme proved successful and how? (Please check your sample details- please pre-populate before interviewing)
   
 
   
  40. Which areas of the merSETA ……learning programme need improvement and Why? (Please check your sample details- please pre-populate before interviewing)
   
 
   
  41. Should MERSETA increase the provision of the …..learning programme or not? (Please check your sample details- please pre-populate before interviewing) Give reasons for your answer?
   
 
   
 


 
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