Fri, May 27, 2022

After complaints that a BANKSETA learnership advert designed by clueless Kelly Recruitment, in which they omitted stipend and vital information, was unfair, not pro-poor and against the best interests of the public. The ad was swiftly removed and hastily replaced by red faced and defensive Kelly Recruitment. Kelly offered excuses for their lack of professionalism and non compliance with values enshrined in our Constitution.

The public must keep challenging the BANKSETA’s baaskap and flouting of legislation. Kelly Recruitment has reverted to practices illustrating their defiance of S23.1 of the SA Constitution.  

BANKSETA Fails to Account for Unlawful Recruitment Practices


BANKSETA indiscriminately uses social media to foist unfair recruitment practices on vulnerable youth.

They abuse positions of authority to perpetuate poverty and income inequality. They fail to ensure their sector conforms to the Constitution and accreditation standards.

BANKSETA allows recruitment adverts that:

Create an impression that BANKSETA delivers training. SETAs don’t train – and in this instance it’s a BANKSETA funded opportunity targeting 18.2 (unemployed applicants).

Are not pro-poor but are disempowering. They allow information regarding stipend to be omitted. They create an impression that recruiters will negotiate applicants down from whatever was actually budgeted.

They allow adverts targeting new market entrants that convey no career information assisting them with making an informed decision to apply. 

They don’t ensure accredited providers adhere to quality management principles during recruitment and permit them to ignore the values enshrined in our Constitution.

They allow adverts that impose prohibitive factors for vulnerable youth.

BANKSETA allows adverts that fail to display accreditation details and registered qualification information. How is the public to know that the recruitment adverts BANKSETA allows represent accredited training providers when everything else about their adverts is unlawful?

Using LinkedIn as a primary protest platform, these concerns were raised with:

  • Mabel Salamina
  • Lenyai Nobuhle Dlamini
  • Israel L. Noko (LL.B) (B-BBEE MDP) (CSAP)
  • Kelly
  • joe samuels
  • Lucas Malambe
  • Loffie Naude
  • Department of Higher Education and Training

I also tagged them in other posts, guess they were all hoping it would pass. 😉

Hats off to Israel, who in this instance represents BANKSETA, he kept his finger on the pulse, making this comment:

Thanks for bringing this to my attention. I will follow up on this.

It’s unfortunate SETAs don’t engage effectively with their stakeholders.

My response:

Leonie Hall :

Thanks Israel.

Tell BANKSETA it’s no use having policies for quality when they themselves don’t apply them consistently and fairly. When SETAs fail the public in this manner, the broken quality circle obstructs inclusive economic development.

SETAs are not by law allowed to be a training provider – so why is the BANKSETA’s identity stamped all over this recruitment drive as if it is?

Tell BANKSETA that this BS is misleading the public!

Kelly Faces Up


Hi Leonie, Kelly Management have reviewed your post.

We’d like to thank you for pointing out the issues with the online version of our learnership advert.

We have since compared it to the original newspaper advert, which is fully compliant, transparent and detailed, addressing all the issues that you raise.

The online ad was an abbreviated version of this, and would have directed applicants via a link to the application site containing the detail as required.

Please note that we are in the process of revising the online version to reflect the same detail and accuracy of information, and a revised online advert will go live as soon as its approved.

We hope this addresses your concerns, and should you require any additional detail in this regard, please do not hesitate to contact us.

#talkpay Agitation on LinkedIn Pays Off

When you criticise business practice, results are seldom immediate. Consistency and a hard line approach appears to be required for change.

Kelly was forced to comply with legislation.  Truworths can learn from this.

The public demonstrated the standards they expect.

Fair Transparent Ads

It’s incredibly important that interventions targeting the youth are explicit about pay and career information.

Structure for Applicants

The advert we forced from Kelly provide clear instructions to candidates about what they must do to impress recruiters. Note ‘present a professional image‘ how you look can count against you before you’ve said a word. Those are the types of fascist (shallow) standards BANKSETA and Kelly adhere to.

Conform to this requirement so that you can focus on selling your skills, personality and knowledge during the interview.


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