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Does Wholesale and Retail SETA Violate Legislation and Fail to Protect the Public?

W&R SETA's  defective leadership condones practices that exploit and victimise the youth and vulnerable.  W&R SETA fails legislation and the public by not knowing legislation and not monitoring industry stakeholders or engaging when the public raise concerns. The DHET must note the W&R SETA neglect of duty and inability to perform. Open letter to the W&R…
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List of SA Unions Websites

Unions offer great support and networking opportunities for young labour market entrants. Shop stewards can alert you to potential job opportunities at the companies they work at. Registered learners, apprentices and interns should join unions in order to ensure adequate support during their contracts.  Unions have a responsibility towards you that they have long neglected.…
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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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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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Contact List of Registered Unions in South Africa

If you have stipend or employer related issues, please contact the relevant union in your sector. This post lists all registered trade unions in alphabetical order. Included are contact details of key individuals, phone, fax, emails people and physical address. If you find this list too long to deal with, go to our union websites…
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BANK SETA funds R4000 p/m

The following opportunity, funded by BANK SETA, is only available if you already have a degree or diploma in an IT field. The full stipend is R4000 + R1500 for meals. If you are unemployed, please apply as the experience and network that will open up to you is worth 10 times that amount. BANKSETA…
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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 Learner pay scales. Learnerships and apprenticeships are subsidised so that participants who…
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Learnership Stipends – what’s legal?

A stipend is an income issued to unemployed candidates placed on internships, learnerships and apprenticeships. Employers who pay learners a stipend can claim back every single cent they paid. The reason stipends are often as often as low as R1 500 or R30 per day is because learners will have high salary expectations when the…
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