What is a Workplace Skills Plan?

The Workplace Skills Plan (WSP) documents the skills needs of a company and describes the range of skills development interventions that the organization will use to address these needs.

Khano HR Solutions will help you develop and submit a WSP every year in order to comply with South Africa’s current Skills Development legislation. A registered Skills Development Facilitator (SDF) from Khano will need to be appointed on behalf of your company in order to compile the WSP and submit to the relevant SETA.

By complying with legislative requirements, a company is granted access to the various relevant SETA grants available for skills training. However, in order to qualify for these grants, organizations must also ensure that their Annual Training Reports (ATR) are also submitted. This report shows your progress against your last WSP.

Why is a WSP Important?

A Workplace Skills Plan outlines how an organization/ employer is going to address the training and development needs within the workplace. It assists employers in identifying and providing relevant training that will address the skills gaps within the organization. 

Compiling a WSP ensures that training is not only reactive to needs that emerge but also speaks to the overall organizational strategy, as well as encourages a holistic and sustainable approach to skills development. A well-thought-out WSP will ensure that the skills that an organization lacks are addressed. This, in turn, will result in decreased training and development costs as development efforts are more focused.

The following is included in your ATR:

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The number of education, training and development activities conducted

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Attendance registers

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Proof of expenditure

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Training provider used

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The number of employees trained

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The occupational areas covered

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The learning methods that were used

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How much was spent on education, training and development activities

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The process used to develop the report

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Name of the Skills Development Facilitator

Putting together your organization’s WSP and ATR documents can be labor-intensive and daunting. Khano HR Solutions is highly experienced in this regard and can assist employers with their WSP & ATR submissions. 

The submission and subsequent approval of these two documents entitles levy paying organizations to claim back 20% of the skills development levy that they paid over to SARS. 

It is also a pre-requisite for any SETA registered organization (levy paying or non-levy paying) to participate in relevant SETA Discretionary Grant funded projects, such as Learnerships, Bursaries, Skills Programmes, Candidacy Programmes, etc.

How Can HR Solutions Can Help You?

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Identifying the relevant SETA you are registered in OR that you should be registered in.

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Registering a SDF (Skills Development Facilitator).

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Conducting a skills audit to determine the organization's skills needs as well as the current skills of the employees.

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Developing a WSP.

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Establishing a skills development committee (by law a company with 50 or more employees needs to establish a skills development committee and consult with the committee in terms of the plan).

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Recommend suitable training courses & training providers.

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Submitting the WSP to the relevant SETA.

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Developing an Annual Training Report and submitting it to the relevant SETA.