Learnership Stipend Rates. This stipend rates table lists pay per qualification level. If you are on NQF level 1, the starting pay is R120 per week and it increases from there.
The Learnership Stipend Rates
What is a Stipend?
A stipend is a fixed amount of money paid to someone, often as a form of compensation for training. Therefore, in the context of learnerships, stipend rates refer to the amount of money paid to learners participating in a learnership program.
What are the Learnership Stipend Rates?
The stipend rates for learnerships can vary. For example, a stipend rate can depend on various factors such as the sector, the level of the learnership, and the duration of the program. However, the Skills Development Act sets mimimum stipend rates that are periodically reviewed.
The current stipend rates for learnerships, for example, range from R1,500 to R4,500 per month. Because this is based on the NQF level of the learnership, NQF Level 1 learnerships receive the lowest stipend, and NQF Level 5 learnerships receive the highest.
Note that stipends are a means to provide support to learners during their training. As a result, stipends don’t equate to a full-time income. Learners are encouraged to continue to seek other forms of financial support, such as bursaries or scholarships. These can supplement your income while participating in a learnership.
Learnership Stipend Rates Table
Employers may not pay less than these amounts but they can pay more.
|Learnership level||Credits achieved by learner||Percentage of qualified pay to be paid||Minimum pay per week (R)|
NQF 1 and 2
|0 – 120||35%||120|
|121 – 240||69%||240|
|NQF L3||0 – 120||17%||120|
|121 – 240||40%||226|
|241 – 360||53%||370|
|NQF L4||0 – 120||13%||120|
|121 – 240||25%||240|
|241 – 360||53%||370|
|361 – 480||56%||540|
|NQF L5||0 – 120||8%||120|
|120 – 240||18%||260|
|241 – 360||27%||389|
|361 – 480||38%||548|
|481 – 600||49%||700|
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