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Public comments on the Seta Landscape discussion document

Fasset would like to thank ICB stakeholders for submitting their comments to Fasset on Minister of Higher Education and Training, Dr Blade Nzimande’s proposed new National Skills Development Strategy (NSDS) and Sector Education and Training (SETA) landscape. The Seta has incorporated this feedback in its submission to the Minister. Fasset will keep stakeholders informed of any developments.

Mandatory grant reminder

The 30 April 2016 is the deadline for applying for Mandatory Grants. No extensions will be granted. The Mandatory Grant enables levy-paying employers to claim back 20% of their Skills Development Levy contributions. Employers are able to claim for any training planned and undertaken in the firm, including short courses. Training conducted or planned for any population group is acceptable.

Employers can download grant application forms from Fasset’s website: www.fasset.org.za. There are separate application forms for firms employing more than 50 people (application must be completed online); firms employing fewer than 50 people and for public sector organisations. Mandatory Grant payments are made on a quarterly basis.

In order to apply for the grant, employers are required to submit an Annual Training Report (ATR) for the 2015/2016 year combined with the Skills Development Plan for the 2016/2017 year. Fasset would like to encourage ICB employers to deploy the Skills Development Plan as a strategic management tool, which enables them to develop their human resources optimally. The completion of a Skills Development Plan enables organisations to audit existing skills, identify skills gaps, and implement skills development strategies to address priority skills. This process also enables them to ensure that succession plans are in place and that strategies are in place to meet Employment Equity targets.

Lifelong learning

Fasset updates its lifelong learning events calendar on the Fasset website on a regular basis. These events are offered at no cost to Fasset members. Fasset schedules events for SDFs, HR professionals, middle and senior managers and learners. Fasset would like to encourage employers to incorporate Fasset’s lifelong learning events in their Skills Development Plan. These events are well-supported. Places are limited, so it is important to register early.

Non-levy payers may attend these events. However, in order to do so, they need to register with Fasset as a non-levy payer on an annual basis.

Talent is available for recruitment

ICB employers may require additional talent to enable them to reach their business goals in 2016. Fasset would like to encourage them to recruit talent from graduates from the various Bridging Programmes that Fasset funds.

A number of Bridging Programmes including Bonani 10, Tshepong, EOH Abantu, Ithemba III, Hluma Bridging Programme, Financial Markets Bridging Programme, Rhodes Business Analysis Academic Programme, and Khanyisa Academic Programme were completed towards the end of the year. A number of ‘graduates’ from these programmes are available for placement. These programmes range from NQF Level 5 to NQF Level 8. Skills are programme-specific and include skills such as “virtual office skills,” generic management skills, Pastel skills, Financial Management skills and Business Analysis skills.

Candidates are work ready and able to ‘hit the ground running.’ They have undergone psychometric testing, and their credit and criminal records have been checked. Further sweetening the pie, no recruitment fee is payable.

TVET learners from the TVET Workplace-based Experience (WBE) Project are also available for placement. These learners have completed the eighteen months work experience required to achieve their National Diploma.

Employers have reported that these learners add considerable value particularly in the area of support services. Learners have completed the N6 certificate in disciplines such as Financial Management, Business Management, Marketing, HR Management and Management Assistant.

If employers are interested in recruiting a TET learner, they should send an email to tvet@fasset.org.za