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WHAT IS LEGAL ABOUT LEARNERSHIP STIPEND DEDUCTIONS?

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…
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Are Learnership Stipends Fair? Trapped Between Business and Black Tax

This post asks if the youth are participating in effective job-training programmes.  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…
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South African Pay and Learnership Stipend expectations

The 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. The Department of Labour establishes minimum Learner pay scales. Learnerships and apprenticeships are subsidised so that participants who…
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Learnership Stipends – what’s legal?

A stipend is an income issued to unemployed candidates placed on internships, learnerships and apprenticeships. Employers who pay learners a stipend can claim back every single cent they paid. The reason stipends are often as often as low as R1 500 or R30 per day is because learners will have high salary expectations when the…
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Cover Letters for Learnerships, Apprenticeships and Internships

Recruiters look for easy ways to filter applicants quickly and often find it necessary to make superficial judgments about the quality of a candidate. Many companies want to find youth with the most potential who are willing to work for the least. Stand Out From The Crowd A great cover letter that's meaningful and relevant to…
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Kelly Kills Unfair BANKSETA Learnership Ad

After complaints that a learnership ad without stipend and proper career info was unfair, not pro-poor and against the best interests of the public, the ad was swiftly removed and replaced by Kelly. Graduates and school leavers interested in finance careers are encouraged to apply. #talkpay Agitation on LinkedIn Pays Off When you criticise business…
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How to get a Learner stipend

  Here are four brilliant questions about stipends and their answers. 1. What do you need to study to get a stipend? That's a killer question requiring quite a few details: Apprenticeships and Learnerships These are occupational training programmes that combine work and learning. Apprenticeships Although the DHET (Department of Higher Education) is trying to…
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Learnership Contract of Employment and Termination

How to end Learnerships Legally Employers who accept unemployed candidates for Learnerships need to provide them with a contract of employment for the duration of the training programme. A learner is also entitled to receive a certificate of service from employers if the learnership is terminated. Extracted from the Department of Labour's Sectoral Determination 5:…
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Learnerships, Pregnancy and Family Responsibility

What if I'm pregnant and on a Learnership? According to Sectoral Determination 5: Learnerships, you cannot be fired. Here is the specific legislation about maternity leave. Maternity Leave (Number 24 of the Determination) (1) (a)     A learner is entitled to at least four consecutive months' maternity leave. (b)    A learner is not entitled to receive…
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Rules for Resigning and Registering for Learnerships

You Can't Register for More than one Learnership Each learnership is registered by the employer with SARS and with the SETA. The employer will receive tax rebates and BEE points. Learner details and results are entered into the National Learner Records Database each time they are assessed for a unit standard, skills programme or full qualification.…
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Learnerships: Legal Work Hours, Overtime and Mealtime

Learners and training providers can be guided by legislation. This post covers what the legal working hours are as stipulated by the Department of Labour (DoL). The DoL posted Learnership legislation known as Sectoral Determination 5 : Learnerships This determination sets rules for Learnerships regarding: minimum wages (what's the lowest you can be paid) working hours…
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Learnership Laws: Sunday and Night Work

The Department of Labour posted Learnership legislation known as Sectoral Determination 5 : Learnerships This determination sets rules for these aspects of Learnerships: minimum wages working hours number of leave days termination rules This post explains what the legislation says about CLAUSE 15: SUNDAY PAY FOR WORK  An employer must pay a learner who works on a…
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