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Illegal SETA Learnerships and Contract Basics

Keep Climbing receives complaints and copies of unlawful Learnership contracts. In some cases employers force learners to falsify documents and commit fraud. In others, employers illegally claim money from learners and unfairly dismiss learners for minor offences. Even if you have no complaint about your learnership provider, send a copy of your contract so we…
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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 YOUTH Crack the SETA Code

From looking for learnerships to applying, career information to learner rights - you'll find EVERYTHING here! Cover letter templates, interview tricks and tons of practical tips. 50 content links on this page lead you to advice and information to help reach your dreams. SETAs connect to industries and the jobs you’re interested in. Tap in.…
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Rights Agitation on Social Media

Firm behaviours have negative impacts on economic and social development when unregulated and un-monitored. Many break laws that infringe upon public rights. I don't waste time emailing companies. I'm an agitator protesting unfair firm behaviours promoted on social media. They don't like it, that's sufficient reason to persist. So I do. Why Firm Behaviours Must…
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Learnerships, Public Holidays, Emergency Work and Pay for Annual Leave

Public holidays, emergency work and annual leave are covered in clauses 17 - 20 of Sectoral Determination 5 : Learnerships. Public Holidays, Emergency Work and Annual Leave Pay Learners are entitled to public holidays and annual leave. There may be times when learners are required to do emergency work and employers respond by paying learners…
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Learnership Regulations for Sick Leave and Workplace Injury

How many days are Learners entitled to for illness or injury? Learners are Registered Employees Clauses 21, 22 and 23 of Sectoral Determination 5 : Learnerships As employees, learners are entitled to paid sick leave and compensation if injured on duty. SICK LEAVE A learner is entitled to one day’s paid sick leave for every…
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List of Regulations in Sectoral Determination 5 : Learnerships

Learnerships are both a form of training and employment. Learnerships are  delivered and managed within the context of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act no 75 of 1997 and Section 18(4) of the Skills Development Act, No 97 of 1998. Sectoral Determination 5 : Learnerships establishes conditions of employment and rates of allowances for learners in South…
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Learnership, Internship and Apprenticeship Complaints

Are you a learner or intern experiencing problems with your employer or training provider? Many youth complain about bad contracts and unfair payments, share your issues here. Report your Skills Development Problem Please note that complaints are addressed via email. Allow for a 3 day response time. When we respond we will require that you…
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WHAT IS LEGAL ABOUT 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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Learnership Contract of Employment and Termination

How to end Learnerships Legally Employers who accept unemployed candidates for Learnerships need to provide them with a contract of employment for the duration of the training programme. A learner is also entitled to receive a certificate of service from employers if the learnership is terminated. Extracted from the Department of Labour's Sectoral Determination 5:…
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