Learnership programme scams are sadly on the increase in South Africa. We at Action suggest that all job-seekers respond only to learnership, bursary, job adverts and internships if they are advertised by recognized publishers or organizations.
Action for the blind and disabled children ensures that we advertise legitimate learnerships and training. We are transparent and trustworthy with the services we offer.
Members of the public should be aware of free email services that send out emails requesting money but are not recognized as training or education providers. Social media is another platform where scams are easily executed. Rather go through providers that are trusted and verified.
Action would never ask prospective learners for cash to process learnership applications as it is against our policies to collect cash from people with disabilities. If you are asked to deposit cash into a bank account before being called, this is a major red flag of a scam.
Victims are usually requested to pay money for a position or training in a company. This isn’t how the process works, and anyone who asks for money to get a bursary, learnership or internship is most definitely a fake. You get paid and not the training provider.
There is no way you can enter into a learnership without an application. This is the first step in a learnership programme. If you are called in for an interview out of the blue, you should ask them where they received your personal details and what company they are from. Its easy for scammers to get your information from the internet and places like Facebook. Always be wary of anyone inviting you for an interview when you haven’t filled in any application forms for a learnership.