The Workplace Skills Plan (WSP) and the Annual Training Report (ATR) are instrumental in the establishment of a demand-led skills development system which is responsive to the social and economic needs of South Africa.
The purpose of workplace skills planning is to outline how organisations will address their training and skills development requirements. WSPs support employers in the recognition and implementation of various skills development programmes such as learnerships and internships that will deal with skills gaps within a company.
Where businesses require Skills Development to be recognised on their B-BBEE Scorecard for B-BBEE compliance purposes, the below documents should be submitted to the sector specific SETA before 30 April 2018:
Although it is not compulsory by law for businesses to submit a WSP and Pivotal Report, there are certain adverse consequences should a business fail to do so. These consequences include, but are not limited to the following:
The WSP is generally compiled by a qualified Skills Development Facilitator (SDF) and then submitted to the sector specific SETA. Formulating and submitting these documents can be very time consuming.
SERR Synergy has a team of experienced Skills Development Facilitators (SDFs) who assist businesses with the completion and submission of these plans and reports by acting as SDFs on your behalf. With only a few days left for submitting the WSPs and Pivotal Plans, we advise companies to submit these sooner than later. These submissions are done online and experience has shown that online submissions are somewhat burdensome because of possible downtime of the system.
About the author: Gideon Gerber is one of the founding directors of SERR Synergy and an admitted High Court attorney with more than 30 years’ experience in Business Structuring & Compliance, Training, Skills Development and Business Compliance in South Africa, the UK and Namibia. He obtained his Master’s Degree in Law from the University of Pretoria with a research thesis on B-BBEE Fronting. Gideon is a regular speaker at various B-BBEE seminars and writes articles for the Business Day and Landbouweekblad that concerns B-BBEE Matters.
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