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Learnership Stipend Rates: How to Pin the NQF Level

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 Increase According to NQF Level

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What is a Stipend?

A stipend is a fixed amount of money paid to someone, often as a form of compensation for training. So in the context of learnerships, stipend rates refer to the amount of money paid to learners and the NQF Level of the learnership program.

What are the Learnership Stipend Rates?

Click here for the calculated Minimum Wage and Learnership Stipends for 2024. The stipend rates for learnerships can vary from one employer to another. 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.

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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.

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The Minimum Stipend Rates for Learnerships

Exit level of learnershipCredit already earned by learnerPercentage of wage to be paid as allowanceMinimum allowance per weekAnnual Increase
Previous year’s minimum allowances per week + CPI (Excluding Owner’s Equivalent Rent)0 – 12035%R204.47Previous years minimum allowances per week + CPI (Excluding Owner’s Equivalent Rent)
121 – 24069%R408.92
NQF 30 – 12017%R204.47
121 – 24040%R385.10
241 – 36053%R630.45
NQF 40 – 12013%R204.47
121 – 24025%R408.92
241 – 36053%R630.45
361 – 48056%R920.09
NQF 5 to 80 – 1208%R204.47
120 – 24018%R442.99
240 – 36027%R662.81
361 – 48038%R933.74
481 – 60049%R1192.70
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The Learnership Allowance

Stipend According to NQF LevelWeekly
NQF Level 1 to 2 – Credits earned 1-120Per month, as calculated by Mywage.co.za ZAR1,656.44 ZAR382.55
NQF Level 1 to 2 – Credits earned 121-240Per month, as calculated by Mywage.co.za ZAR3,312.71ZAR765.06
NQF Level 3 – Credits earned 1-120Per month, as calculated by Mywage.co.za ZAR1,656.44ZAR382.55
NQF Level 3 – Credits earned 121-240Per month, as calculated by Mywage.co.za ZAR3,119.72ZAR720.49
NQF Level 3 – Credits earned 241-360Per month, as calculated by Mywage.co.za ZAR4,674.24ZAR1,079.50
NQF Level 4 – Credits earned 1-120Per month, as calculated by Mywage.co.za ZAR1,656.44ZAR382.55
NQF Level 4 – Credits earned 121-240Per month, as calculated by Mywage.co.za ZAR3,313.01ZAR765.13
NQF Level 4 – Credits earned 241-360Per month, as calculated by Mywage.co.za ZAR4,674.24ZAR1,079.50
NQF Level 4 – Credits earned 361-480Per month, as calculated by Mywage.co.za ZAR7,453.71ZAR1,721.41
NQF Level 5 to 8 – Credits earned 1-120Per month, as calculated by Mywage.co.za ZAR1,656.44ZAR382.55
NQF Level 5 to 8 – Credits earned 121-240Per month, as calculated by Mywage.co.za ZAR3,588.70ZAR828.80
NQF Level 5 to 8 – Credits earned 241-360Per month, as calculated by Mywage.co.za ZAR5,369.46ZAR1,240.06
NQF Level 5 to 8 – Credits earned 361-480Per month, as calculated by Mywage.co.za ZAR7,564.34ZAR1,746.96
NQF Level 5 to 8 – Credits earned 481-600Per month, as calculated by Mywage.co.za ZAR9,662.22ZAR2,231.46
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This Post Has 5 Comments

  1. paullet

    hi how do i apply for stipend from seta.

  2. Linda

    My daughter was ill and they deducted the days that I was absent. All Dr’s notes were given to the team leader. I received less than 50% of my stipend, is this legal?

  3. Leonie Hall

    Hi Ashley!
    Minimum pay is regulated. This means we don’t have to debate what’s fair as it’s legislated, is your pay below the stipend rates? However, fair can come into play depending on the sector your learnership/apprenticeship/internship is in, the job you are doing, what the job is worth, your knowledge and skill levels, time on the job, time to learn etc.
    When pay is raised during the application process, you must try to negotiate for more stipend.

  4. Ashley

    is it fair to earn R1500 per month as stipend while you are funded by SETA?

  5. Mubvafhi Bridgett mutshinyalo

    I didn’t reserve my stipend last month’s even this month’s

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