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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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Learnership and Apprenticeship Candidates must contact Unions and Demand Representation

If you have stipend or employer related issues, please contact the relevant union in your sector. Registered South African Trade Unions Unions can do more to contribute to a free society. If you are on a learnership, apprenticeship or internship and are experiencing problems, check if there's a union rep at the organisation and approach them…
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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

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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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 Engineering to Maths Champion

Neshni Naidoo, a chemical engineering 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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Education Author and Teacher writes about motivation

Get Yourself Truly Motivated!   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 Climbing the NQF. Pat, who has been teaching in Hong Kong for the past 14 years, writes about learning motivation and her passion…
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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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Tenele’s Story: My Rough Journey Up the NQF

Life, Reality and Curve Balls  I’m almost certain that we are all familiar of the phrase “life throws curve balls”. Well, it is true in most cases, if not absolutely so! We often plan our lives and envision how everything will turn out, but little do we know what tomorrow has in store for us.…
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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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List of Evidence required for SETA Accreditation

The Portfolio of Evidence for SETA Accreditation SETA Accreditation applicants are required to submit documentation for a desktop compliance check. This post describes requirements and provides advice on how to manage the SETA Accreditation process. CLICK TO REGISTER FOR THE ACCREDITATION WORKSHOPS Your Business Heart - The Quality Management System (QMS)  Your QMS is an opportunity…
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Do Learnerships and Apprenticeships Lead to Employment?

Learnerships and Apprenticeships have a lot to Offer There may still be a global recession going on and work opportunities may remain scarce for many people, but there are some who are finding success and increased opportunity as a result of training. Learnerships and apprenticeships do not appear to be slow boats to nowhere. Evidence…
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What you do on a Learnership

Learnerships are occupationally directed training programs that result in a full qualification. What does 'occupationally directed' mean? It means that the qualification strengthens and develops your ability to meet a particular job expectation in one or a range of industries. The skills that you learn are specifically related to the workplace, empowering your career development…
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Cover Letter Template for Learnerships, Apprenticeships and Internships

 Write Powerful Cover Letters for Job Related Training (Occupational Qualifications) Internships, Learnerships and Apprenticeships are occupationally directed training programs. Each considers work experience (on-the-job) as essential features of the training.  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 Learnership and Apprenticeship Interview Tips

Interview Tips for Job-based Qualifications and Internships  Apprenticeships, Learnerships, and Internships are job specific qualifications preparing you for work in a range of or specific industries. 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

You can have whatever you are willing to struggle for. Anon 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 conduct…
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Apply for Banking Learnerships

Want a career in banking and micro-finance? Two banking learnerships are available, Banking Service Advisor if you have matric and Management Development for tertiary graduates. Closing date for applications is 31 August 2017 Two Great Opportunities - Prepare Carefully These ads provide clear instructions to candidates about what they must do to impress recruiters. Note…
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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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Public Enemy: Job Ads No Pay information

Before you apply for a job and enter a wage negotiation, know the salary range the business can commit to.  Job ads withholding pay information are often not real opportunities but labour market surveys conducted by companies to see what skills are available at reduced prices.  Depending on this information, a job is created. There…
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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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Agreeing to Income Inequality

The 'working poor,' are increasing. These people spend their productive time in jobs that don't pay them enough to build wealth. They only receive enough to survive on. They will likely never be able to change their economic status as they can't afford to.  If you earn enough to build your wealth, for example you…
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Top industries and market related salaries

Understand how industries shift so you know where to exert power during recruitment negotiations. In sectors of high unemployment, job seeker financial needs will be sacrificed for business profitability and sustainability. If you look for jobs in industries that show least growth - you will be more open to an aggressive recruitment strategy that tries…
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Why people work for less pay or below market rate

There is a recruitment belief that there is always someone better and cheaper out there. This pressures applicants to reduce their rate and have their perceptions of 'worth' shaped by a biased interviewer. Ask Why Asking why companies withhold salary ranges from recruitment adverts has quite rightly, resulted in a ripped can of worms. Unfortunately…
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Truworths and the Market Related Salary

I've recently criticised a Truworths recruitment strategy targeting vulnerable youth for withholding information and tricking applicants to  interviews. Truworths doesn't disclose salary ranges in adverts claiming it's 'market related' offers would be misunderstood and that applicants have fair opportunity to negotiate at an interview.  Poor Truworths? Truworths is a Cape Town-based, South African clothing retailer, with 728…
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Truworths Job Ads Against Public Interest?

Many recruitment adverts target unemployed youth and new market entrants (first-time job seekers). These adverts often fail to disclose pay, we must ask why companies need this negotiation advantage over these young inexperienced applicants. “Never hide things from hardcore thinkers. They get more aggravated, more provoked by confusion than the most painful truths.” ― Criss Jami…
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Wreck It Wednesday – Ruin A Recruiters Day Now!

Being unemployed in today's economic climate places applicants at a disadvantage and limits their negotiating power. Companies exploit this further by making it difficult for applicants to find payment information. Recruiters purposefully withhold salary information till the interview in order to use you to prove that they conducted a range of valid interviews and claim…
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What the public feels about non-disclosure of salaries in adverts

Job adverts that withhold salary or stipend details in an advert do so on purpose and have a hidden agenda. The intention is to attract you to an interview without committing to an amount beforehand. They do this to test what the lowest rate would be for the most willing, strongest candidates. Think about it.…
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No Salary Advertised? That’s unfair labour practice. On your feet SA!

When unemployment is high, employers and recruiters daringly wield unlimited power during the recruitment process. By omitting pay information they place applicants at a disadvantage during the wage negotiation. Sins of the Secret Salary There are many job adverts specifically targeting inexperienced youth and other vulnerable job seekers.  Sadly, these applicants don't realise the real…
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