• Posted on: 17 February 2020
  • By: admin

SETA encourages registered employers to submit a Workplace Skills Plan as per the Skills Development Act and the Skills Development Levies Act, in order to qualify for Mandatory and Discretionary Grants. The submission of the Workplace Skills Plan must include:

•    The training programmes that an organisation plans to implement for the year ahead.
•    An implementation report for the actual skills development that took place in the year prior.

Provision is made within the Workplace Skills Plan (WSP) and Annual Training Report (ATR) templates to plan for and report against PIVOTAL programmes. PIVOTAL programmes are professional, vocational, technical and academic learning programmes, which meet critical needs for economic growth and social development. These programmes generally combine coursework at universities, universities of technology or colleges with structured learning at work through, among other things, professional placements, work integrated learning, apprenticeships, learnerships and internships.

If a company does not submit a WSP by the due date of 30 April, it will forfeit its Mandatory Grant and this money will be swept into the Discretionary Fund for use in the SETA strategic focus areas. Companies that do not submit their WSP documents by 30 April will not be able to apply for discretionary funds.

All submissions are made online through the SETA system and are consolidated into a sector profile, which enables SETA to keep track of the trends in the industry as well as update its records accordingly. In the years following a company’s first submission to SETA, an ATR is required with the WSP. This report indicates the extent to which the plan from the previous year was implemented.

As per the Generic Codes of Good Practice Gazette Nr 36928, page 51 Clause 3.1.1 “Workplace Skills plan, an Annual Training Report and Pivotal Report which are SETA approved” to unlock the points on skills development element, entities must ensure they have an Approved WSP. The SETA normally takes around 3 months to issue a formal approval letter. If an entity cannot supply the letter for verification, a screenshot from the SETA portal is also accepted for verification. Proof of Submission does not mean the WSP has been approved.