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TOP GUIDE: Finding Real #Learnerships and #Apprenticeships

If you're wondering how to find these qualification options, here are killer tips for you! Companies offer learnerships and apprenticeships in order to receive tax rebates and BEE points.  Although this system targets mainly black youth, this  market finds it difficult to find and access legitimate opportunity.  Learnerships and Apprenticeships Both are occupational training programmes supported…
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Let’s check your Learnership Contract

Need a friend to check your contract and advise you? Or want to donate documents to a confidential study of contract clauses and their impacts? All information is regarded as confidential and used for positive purposes. RESIST EXPLOITATION SUBMIT DOCUMENTATION If you have a concern about your contract and require advice, we will happily tap…
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Have you learnt anything?

Do you have a story to tell? We learn from each other; often connecting purposefully, casually and accidentally. Stories shared about what we learnt can impact on others in ways we never knew possible. Life Lessons You may think your story insignificant and yourself unimportant, but the truth is, we each have something to teach and…
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Contact List of Registered Unions in South Africa

If you have stipend or employer related issues, please contact the relevant union in your sector. This post lists all registered trade unions in alphabetical order. Included are contact details of key individuals, phone, fax, emails people and physical address. If you find this list too long to deal with, go to our union websites…
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How many QCTO Qualifications are Registered by SAQA? – Infographic

475 QCTO Qualifications Available on SAQA Currently, a total of 475 qualifications by the Quality Council for Trade and Occupations are registered with SAQA. This infographic illustrates the number of qualifications in different fields. [embed]http://www.slideshare.net/LeonieHall/how-many-qcto-qualifications-are-registered-on-saqa?ref=https://www.linkedin.com/[/embed] More about QCTO Qualifications Field 003 - Business, Commerce and Management Studies 136 Field 006 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology…
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Top 10 sites for Finding Learnerships

Learnerships Are Available Throughout the Year If you are unemployed, it's important to keep looking for Learnerships throughout the year. Different SETAs fund learnerships at different times and accredited training companies then provide them. Remember that Learnerships are provided by an accredited training provider and an employer. Adverts are either placed by employers or training…
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Learnerships, Pregnancy and Family Responsibility

Learners are entitled to maternity leave. 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…
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Don’t be alarmed by Quality Councils, Accreditation, Legislation and Markets

10 Accreditation Seminars for CHE, QCTO and SETA Strategy Organisations who wish to become fully accredited training entities or who are in the process but are experiencing difficulties can attend our capacity building seminars. These seminars are designed to build a deeper understanding of the accreditation legislation and SETA, CHE or QCTO accreditation criteria. Click…
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40 sites for Learnerships, Apprenticeships & Internships

View the Bursary & Scholarship, Learnership, Internship & Apprentice opportunities in South Africa for 2016  Follow links for more information and how to apply ! Technical learnership – Engineering Area – Durban. A 12 month Technical learnership – Engineering is now available for 10 Engineering Graduates with one of our clients. Candidates must have completed…
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My Purpose: From Chemical Engineer to Maths Champion

Neshni Naidoo, a chemical engineer graduate and the director of the South African Vedic Maths Forum, illustrates how numbers and compassion can go hand in hand. Vedic Maths is the world's fastest mental Maths System. With this system, a student can, for example, multiply numbers like 98 x 97 in less than five seconds. We offer online…
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Surviving Genocide Finding Humanity

No matter how you feel, you CAN make it. If you can’t believe this, believe that your descendants will. Therese Umuhoza from Rwanda tells her inspirational story of triumph and career satisfaction. It's a story that challenges readers to question their inner lion. Therese reflects on life and adversity   Not only has her world been shaped by…
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How To Get Yourself Truly Motivated!

Education Author and Teacher of 50 years writes about motivation and how to get your learning groove on! IF IT IS TO BE, IT IS UP TO ME! Author of “Tips and Tidbits for Parents and Teachers – celebrating 50 years in the classroom and sharing what I have learned.’ Canadian Pat Kozyra, writes for Keep…
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Lego at Work: Play to Grow!

How playing with plastic bricks can free your ability to innovate and recreate, improving service, productivity and solution seeking mindsets. Pete Smith writes about  LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® The role of LEGO in Innovation LEGO can be used to create the environment in which innovation flourishes. It’s not a matter of saying to people “There’s some LEGO.…
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21 Sites to Apply for Learnerships, Internships, Scholarships or Jobs

Sites that list learnership, internship, scholarship and apprenticeship opportunities in different fields. Finding reliable information can be a challenge when you have limited access to the internet and are so desperate that you'll try ANYTHING. Here's a list of 21 sites that list learnership, internship, scholarship and apprenticeship opportunities in different fields. There are lots…
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Evidence for SETA Accreditation

SETA Accreditation applicants are required to submit documentation for a desktop compliance check. Here's a description of requirements and advice on how to manage the SETA Accreditation process. The Portfolio of Evidence for SETA Accreditation Your Business Heart - The Quality Management System (QMS)  Your QMS is an opportunity to celebrate and formalise what your organisation…
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What is a Learnership?

Learnerships are occupationally directed training programs that result in a full SAQA registered qualification. Once learners have signed contracts, their learnerships are registered with SARS so the employer can claim rebates, reimbursements of stipends issued and BEE Points. Learners are also termed 'employees' and protected by labour legislation. Learners can register complaints with the CCMA…
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Tips on Finding a Learnership or Apprenticeship

Advice for youth searching for opportunities. Want to find a Learnership or Apprenticeship? Both are occupational training programmes supported by the Department of Higher Education and Training. If you want to be on a programme at a particular company, try the following: (click links for other options) Contact the HR department at a company you…
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Cover Letter Template for Learnerships, Apprenticeships and Internships

Internships, Learnerships and Apprenticeships are occupationally directed training programs. Each considers work experience (on-the-job) as essential features of the training.   Write Powerful Cover Letters for Job Related Training Occupational Qualifications When you write a cover letter to participate in an occupational qualification program, you must show that you understand that it's an opportunity to learn…
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Best Interview Tips for #Learnerships and #Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships, Learnerships, and Internships are job specific qualifications preparing you for work in a range of or specific industries.  Interview Tips for Job-based Qualifications and Internships  How to Prepare and What to Say You've made it through to the interview round! way to go!!! It means you've been shortlisted out of a couple of hundred, let…
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Find a Learnership in 4 Steps

What is a Learnership, how do you find and apply for them? What is a Learnership? A learnership is a vocational training program, they are similar to apprenticeships in that they prepare you for specific job functions. Learnerships can be funded by a SETA (Sectoral Education and Training Authority) or business. Only accredited training providers registered with a SETA may…
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Public Protector to smoke out unlawful recruitment

Share a small victory! I'm an activist fighting unscrupulous recruiters asking for payslips. Ethical businesses and the general public can  celebrate a public protector showing intellectual grit. South Africa can expect the Public Protector to thoroughly investigate unfair recruitment practices contravening the Constitution and Competition Act.  Are you concerned about losing your talent investment to a…
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10 Challenges for recruiters demanding #payslips

The recruitment function is under the spotlight. It's official, the Public Protector and the Competition Commission of South Africa have been compelled to investigate unregulated recruitment practice in the public and private sectors. Firms demanding pay slips make themselves subject to scrutiny as this practice contravenes S23.1 of the Constitution, 'everybody entitled to fair practice'…
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REPORT firms asking for payslips during recruitment

The public is encouraged to report companies who demand payslips, or request other information pertaining to a rival firm's pay, during recruitment.  Firms who undermine a fair competition for talent in South Africa must be reported to the Competition Commission using the CC1-Complaint form available here. Protecting Fair Competition for Talent Remuneration and benefits information…
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Competition Commission SA Hurts Competition for Talent – infographic #CompComSA

CompComSA is not transparent about pay in job adverts subverting applicant right to fair recruitment process and wage negotiation. The unconditional demand for rival firm pay information allows them to unfairly compete for talent and price-fix wages. This places them firmly on the wrong side of the Competition Act and the Constitution. Competition Commission South…
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Koeksisters, Collusion and The Competition Commission of South Africa #CompComSA

The Competition Commission of South Africa serves the public with lawyers and economists who bake policy. Marginalizing job seekers rights and disrupting a fair competition for talent, they clearly twist their role.  What is the Competition Commission supposed to do? They're paid to keep things sweet. Putting it simply, they ensure the economic environment is…
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Why #HRMustFall and be redesigned in South Africa

Organisations, both business and non profits, in South Africa depend on a docile, servile population to entrench labour exploitation opportunities. The Constitution allows citizens to challenge perceptions of power limiting socio-economic freedoms and democracy.  Economic disenfranchisement and social destruction is nothing new to South Africa. Apartheid established wealth limitations and a policy of economic exclusion that…
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Three unfair recruitment advantages INFOGRAPHIC

Three unfair recruitment advantages prejudice job seekers in South Africa. Internationally, regulations have been instituted to ensure fair recruitment practice. In South Africa, unfair recruitment persists, suggesting prejudiced wage negotiations. Three Unfair Recruitment Advantages When one party to a negotiation has more information than another, it is referred to as an asymmetric information advantage. This…
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Recruitment, Price-Fixing and the Competition for Talent

This post outlines the spirit of the Competition Act and the significance for recruitment firms demanding rival firm pay information. Firms can't compete unfairly for talent, neither may they treat job applicants unfairly by not being upfront about pay. The Competition Act outlines a fair and competitive economic environment Ordinary citizens pursuing a role in…
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