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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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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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N1 to N6 Certificate Delays on Repeat?

The problems that led to N-diploma Learners having their certificates delayed in 2016 are likely to reappear for current candidates until DHET includes all stakeholders in the discussions ranging from industry to beneficiaries. What are N - Certificates? Think of them as the occupational training alternative that combines grades 10 - 12 with a post…
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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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A video and infographic illustrating NQF levels

There are 10 National Qualification Framework Levels Picture a ladder with 10 steps numbered 1 to 10. Now imagine that each job you know of has a ladder, also with 10 steps. This is called a career path. Perhaps you started working as a waiter, then became the restaurant cashier, then the manager and then…
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Building a Portfolio of Evidence (POE) for Assessment

Types of Evidence SAQA describes the difference between the three main types of evidence as follows (Oct. 2001: 38-39): DIRECT EVIDENCE INDIRECT EVIDENCE HISTORICAL EVIDENCE Actual evidence produced by candidates. Considered the most valid and authentic evidence and should be the primary source of evidence.   This is evidence produced about the candidate by a third…
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What to do at the Learnership Interview

Keep Climbing has videos to help you plug into education and training opportunities in South Africa. A candidate enrolled on a learnership is able to graduate, or earn a qualification without paying for it, while in the workplace. It's a great opportunity and for many, it's the only opportunity some will ever have to study and…
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The ‘No Experience’ Cover Letter for Learnerships

Cover letters are often pain points for applicants. A pain point is something that can make you uncomfortable and stressed. Businesses also have pain points. They are worried about how to select the right candidates to be trained and to work with them. Help them through this pain point by giving them excellent reasons to…
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Youth’s Answers to Life, Learning and Happiness

Tenele is the author of popular post ‘Tenele’s Story – My Journey up the NQF.’ Her moving story reflects the challenges of life and the quiet dignity of youth who persevere through struggles. Her Story Like many young Africans, Tenele has lived in different parts of the continent before finding her father's home tribe in South…
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Qualifications, Fraud and Disputed Credits

Qualification Fraud In December 2014 the Minister of Higher Education and Training highlighted problems in education and training. Some problems are ongoing and it's important that people who wish to participate in the system - be it as Beneficiary (eg. Learner) or Service Provider (eg. Training company) understands the challenges. What is the Minister's role? The NQF Act, No. 67…
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Learnership Disagreements

Numerous Learners refer to poor treatment by training providers and / or employers. It has become clear that many Learners feel disempowered, abused and exploited. A Learner is required to sign an employment contract for the duration of a Learnership. A Learner is thus considered an employee and is protected by the same legislation that protects…
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