SETA Information

SETA Information

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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 (SDL).

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 Plan.

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 and/or apprenticeships.

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 Registered Assessor.

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 outcome.

We trust that this clears up any misunderstanding there is in the training sector and welcome any enquiries to

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)

March 2011