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 a stipend can claim back each cent paid, yet stipends are often as low as R1 500 per month or R30 per day.
Youth use this money for food, rent, transport, clothes, toiletries and inevitable ‘Black tax’. Contrary to popular corporate belief, all youth do not come from financially privileged homes who can subsidize their participation.
Companies earn BEE Points and rebates while legally contracting the under 35 year market to meet conventional employment requirements in exchange for an obscenely low ‘allowance.’
Perhaps these young adults would prefer attending a mainstream tertiary institution and not be discriminated against as vulnerable youth in the market place.
Are low stipends being used to increase the opportunity for low wages once qualified thereby driving down local labour rates?
LEARNERS ARE NQF LEVELS, NOT HUMANS
Do these rates protect the dignity of our youth and ensure that their well being is protected?
This information was extracted from http://www.fpmseta.org.za/downloads/Learnership_Allowances.pdf
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