Written By: Lia Marus


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The deadline for the submission of your workplace skills plan and annual training report is around the corner. If you want to claim 20% of your Skills Development Levy (SDL) back from your Sector Education Training Authority (Seta), you need to get started with your WSP. But before you even think about doing this, you will have to have appointed a skills development facilitator.

Who could you appoint as your skills development facilitator?

Your company’s skills development facilitator (SDF) can be either:

  • One of your employees;
  • An external person who you have formally contracted to take on this position; or
  • A person who you, together with a number of other employers, employ to assess the group’s skills development needs.

Your SDF will act as a liaison between your company and your Seta.

5 Responsibilities of an SDF

Your Skills Development Facilitator must:

1.    Liaise with your Seta;
2.    Develop quality-assurance systems in your company;
3.    Develop, submit and implement your company’s workplace skills plan;
4.    Draft an implementation report against a workplace skills plan; and
5.    Tell you what your Seta’s quality assurance requirements are.

How can you register as an SDF?

Each Seta has their own process for registering SDFs, e.g. filling in forms and sending these back to the relevant Seta, filling out online applications, etc.

Here are forms from 10 different Setas which you will need to fill in to register an SDF:

1.   Energy and Water
2.   Finance, Accounting, Management Consulting and other Financial Services
3.   Food and Beverages 
4.   Health and Welfare
5.   Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services 
6.   Safety and Security
7.   Wholesale and Retail
8.   Information Systems
9.   Insurance
10. Transport

Lia Marus is the editor of HR Pulse. She has a BA in French, Italian and Linguistics from UCT, an MA in translation from Wits and a Postgraduate Diploma in Management from the Wits Business School. She is currently studying towards her LLB through Unisa. Lia started her career off in corporate communications, where she worked as a sub-editor, researcher and marketing coordinator. She then heeded the call of the publishing world and went into the business-to-business publishing field. She worked as a sub-editor as well as a chief sub-editor. Before joining ITWeb, she managed an HR guidebook at a leading international publishing company.

Article sourced from: http://www.hrpulse.co.za/