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How Learnership Stipends Increase Youth Vulnerability

A stipend is income issued to unemployed candidates placed on internships, learnerships and apprenticeships. These candidates are not viewed as equal citizens but merely as NQF levels. Stipend amounts are not based on the realistic living conditions of participating youth, many of whom either live independently or must contribute support to households. Employers who pay learners…
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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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What Learners say about Learnership Stipends

Are Learnership Stipends Fair? Trapped Between Business and Black Tax. 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 back millions.…
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How to get a Learner stipend

A Keep Climbing reader sent 4 questions about stipends. Many learners write in complaining about non payment or the amount. 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…
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SA Pay and Learnership Stipend Regulations

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. Stipends have increased over the years, check here for latest regulations.  Department of Labour establishes minimum Learner pay…
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Learnership Stipend Rules

Stipend regulations are based on Sectoral Determination 5: Learnerships. A stipend is income issued to unemployed candidates placed on internships, learnerships and apprenticeships. Keeping stipends low increases the opportunity for low wages once qualified. Unemployed black youth, regardless of education achievement, are fundamentally reduced to NQF levels and tax rebates. Stipends have become anti poor, not…
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