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Staff Training is SETA Accredited: Decision No. 4018
How to go about claiming your SETA contributions?
Make sure you are registered with the appropriate SETA for
your industry and that you are paying Skills Development Levies
Appoint a Skills Development Facilitator (SDF) or training
officer and register this person with the SETA.
This is an appointee (internal or external) who will be responsible
for identifying the training requirements of your organisation.
The SDF must submit a training plan to your SETA.
This plan is called a Workplace Skills Plan (WSP).
Now simply implement your plan. For example you will send
five of your junior managers on our "Developing
Your Management Potential I" workshop.
Then submit your Annual Training Report (ATR) to your SETA,
specifiying your compliance with your own Workplace Skills
The deadline for both the WSP and ATR is April 30.
This qualifies you for a percentage-based rebate on funds
contributed to the SDL - this is the Mandatory Grant Refund.
The Mandatory Grant Refund has traditionally been 50% of
the amount spent on training, however, this amount changed
in April 2013 to 20%.
UPDATE: The Labour Court has set aside certain aspects of
the 2012 Seta Grant Regulations, declaring them invalid. This
includes the Mandatory Grant Refund, which will from March
2016 revert back to 50% of funds spent on training.
Please note: There is a huge amount of misinformation regarding
the claiming of mandatory grants. The above information is
correct and can be verified on the SAQA
website. SAQA is the South African Qualifications Authority
and the controlling body monitoring all SETAs. Sadly much
of the misinformation seems to be coming from the SETAs themselves
and it is recommended that all information is double checked.
The training provider you use for short courses in the above
scenario does not necessarily have to be SETA accredited,
nor in many cases do they qualify for any SETA accreditation
as there may or may not be any US IDs for them to align the
material to and they do not have to do assessments. The short
courses are normally designed and customised to allow a company
to reach a specific desired outcome for specific challenges
being encountered and their efficacy should be measured against
ROI. Some of these short courses are then offered on the open
market as not every company has the necessary number of staff
to warrant paying a daily rate.
The discretionary grant requests are in fact totally
different and these are allocated to you based on the number
of official learnerships you have registered with, and on
request and prior agreement. The same applies for a full registered
skills programme, internships, training for disabled persons
In other words - a specific qualification is identified according
to a US ID on the SAQA site and the Unit Standards that fall
under that Qualification are specifically sought out and learners
are sent to do those courses (unit standards). A record of
all US completed is kept and registered (and the Unit Standards
can be presented by different and in this case ACCREDITED
providers) until all Unit Standards under a specific qualification
are completed. The learner then ends up with a qualification.
Similar to attending full-time college, when completing a
secretarial diploma you may for example have at least six
subjects per year for a three-year period, each of these subjects
having approximately four to five modules. i.e. a total of
72 modules to be completed. The modules are in fact the Unit
Standards and each can take from three days to 10 days to
complete. Each of these need to be formally assessed by a
As you can appreciate - the latter process is far more intricate
and requires commitment from both learner and company. It
is unlikely that you will get buy-in from a learner not interested
in the subject matter even if the company needs a desired
We trust that this clears up any misunderstanding there is
in the training sector and welcome any enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org
We also refer you to Sector Education and Training Authority
Grant Regulations Regarding Monies received by a SETA and
Related Matters (regulation 27240 of 1 February 2005) and
as amended in Government Gazette no 29584 (2 February 2007)