Thank You For Visiting



Information about education, pay and careers to set you free.

How Learnership Stipends Increase Youth Vulnerability

A stipend is income issued to unemployed candidates placed on internships, learnerships and apprenticeships. These candidates are not viewed as equal citizens but merely as NQF levels. Stipend amounts are not based on the realistic living conditions of participating youth, many of whom either live independently or must contribute support to households. Employers who pay learners…
Read More


Complaints about some employers making stipend deductions and others requiring learners to repay stipends have surfaced more prominently this year than previously. Claims of Deductions and Repayment Threats The following are comments posted on Keep Climbing by learners questioning stipend deductions. Businesses named are welcome to send their statements and I will publish them. Learner…
Read More

What Learners say about Learnership Stipends

Are Learnership Stipends Fair? Trapped Between Business and Black Tax. Learner complaints show how SETAs fail to support and monitor accredited organisations and employers, thereby allowing for a range of irregularities and questionable practices. Is Business Heroic? Companies are rewarded for providing learnerships. They receive generous BEE points and tax rebates, often raking back millions.…
Read More

SA Pay and Learnership Stipend Regulations

Perceptions of how much South Africans earn and how pay is negotiated can disappoint learners earning a stipend. This post tables minimum stipend levels and covers salary trends across trades and occupations such as teachers and plumbers. Stipends have increased over the years, check here for latest regulations. Department of Labour establishes minimum Learner pay…
Read More

Learnership Regulations and Stipends – A barrier to the poor?

Here are current learnership stipend regulations. A stipend is income issued to unemployed candidates placed on internships, learnerships and apprenticeships. Candidates are typically not viewed as equal citizens but as NQF levels. These anti poor wages are not based on the realistic living conditions of the disadvantaged youth, usually referred to as 'beneficiaries.' Companies gain…
Read More

What’s in a Learnership Pay Slip?

Each time learners are paid, the Department of Labour requires that employers give them a pay slip containing certain details. Learners are welcome to register stipend complaints on Keep Climbing. The Basic Conditions of Employment Act applies in respect of any matter not covered by Sectoral Determination 5: Learnerships. Basic Guide to Learnership Pay Slips  Content of…
Read More

Illegal SETA Learnerships and Contract Basics

Keep Climbing receives complaints and copies of unlawful Learnership contracts. In some cases employers force learners to falsify documents and commit fraud. In others, employers illegally claim money from learners and unfairly dismiss learners for minor offences. Even if you have no complaint about your learnership provider, send a copy of your contract so we…
Read More
The Truth