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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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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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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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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 pay scales for learners. Learnerships and apprenticeships are subsidised so that participants…
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Learnership Stipends – what’s legal?

Learnership Stipends are not the same as Salaries Learnership stipends are paid to those who were unemployed before being placed on a learnership. If you were already employed and then placed on a learnership you are not entitled to a stipend on top of your salary. Learners being paid a stipend almost never receive the…
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