SERR Synergy: your trusted skills development facilitator

SERR Synergy act as a skills development facilitator on behalf of a business by creating synergy between the Skills Development Act, the Employment Equity Act and the BEE Codes. This ensures businesses are complying with legislation and contributing to a better future for all South Africans.

What are the Skills Development requirements for businesses?

Skills Development is considered a strategic priority for businesses to reach and maintain an acceptable BEE level and meet the requirements of the Skills Development Act. According to the new BEE scorecard companies can earn the maximum skills development points by spending the required 3% or 6% of the annual payroll on skills development programmes. This can’t just be any programmes and must be approved by a value adding skills development service. Depending on the business category this will likely be a SETA-accredited training initiative. As your appointed skills development facilitator we will also ensure your business is registered with the relevant SETA.

What does skills development facilitation entail?

Skills development facilitation deals with SETA-related (Sector Education and Training Authority) tasks acting on behalf of the business. Skills development facilitation includes:

  • Drafting an Employment Equity Plan
  • Submit annual Employment Equity reports
  • Planning of training logistics
  • Reporting of training within organisations
  • Implementation of newly developed skills

First, it must be determined which of the 23 different SETA sectors the client’s company falls under. Skills development facilitation is to make sure clients’ receive the relevant resources and facilities necessary to carry out the proper training businesses require. All training is overseen and appropriate training records are kept, as well as reporting all training conducted to the SETA. This includes taking responsibility for the convening of the training committee and that the proper consultative processes to do with skills development are followed. With a record of properly implemented training the skills development facilitator will advise businesses on SETA learnerships and skills programmes.

What is a Workplace Skills Plan?

A skills development facilitator (SDF) is responsible for submitting and completing a Workplace Skills Plan (WSP) that is SETA compliant for all employers and employees. They will also assist businesses to claim back portions of the Skills Development Levies (SDL) already paid to SARS.

Because skills development in South Africa is important to enriching and building a strong workforce, Workplace Skills Plans are used to document the skills that are required by employees.

The WSP provides the relevant sector information for SETA to add to employee profiles, skills needs and skills development interventions. This allows SETA to inform what skills are needed on a sector and national level.

A skills development facilitator communicates SETA initiatives, grants and benefits to the employers so that they can be sure their WSP aligns with these.

The role of skills development facilitators in building the South African workforce

In order for businesses to be compliant with all the BEE Codes and Skill and Development Act they must provide training and learnerships to their employees. This training is set out in the Workplace Skills Plan and if not will be established by a Skills Development Facilitator (SDF). Companies don’t have to appoint a SDF, they can also outsource skills facilitation to a skills development facilitation service provider that will act on your behalf as a SDF.

Skills development facilitation acts as a link between SETA and organisations to have a full understanding of outcomes-based education in the National Qualifications Framework.

Contact us to get your business on the road to developing a tenacious South African workforce.

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