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Skills Development Act

Proposed Skills Development Act amendments, comments due 31st January 2018

The minister of Higher Education published a proposal to change the Skills Development Act, comments due before the 31st of January 2018.

Some highlights of these amendments propose to:

The good:
1.   Remove SETA regional offices and create one central sharing system/office to be more effective.
2.   Sharing of resources, such as IT and HR.
3.   SETAs to use one central shared database for all related tasks.
4.   Reduce the SETA income from 10.5% to 10%.
5.   Include Scarce and Critical Skills in the Discretionary criteria. (Whoop Whoop for employers.)
6.   Replacement of the WSP/ATR in a more convenient reporting structure.

The bad:
1.   Keep Mandatory grants at 20%
2.   Keep Discretionary grants at 49.5%

Everyone can comment, either in their personal or business capacity. EACH RESPONSE HELP!

We prepared a brief document in the middle of the holidays and on short notice to help explain some of these proposals. We also prepared a word template that can be used/edited with your own comments to the minister before the 31st of January 2018. The views and comments on these documents are of our own and we welcome any other input and feedback on this topic.

Skills Development proposed amendments White Paper

NSAP proposed amendments explained

THE NATIONAL SKILLS DEVELOPMENT PLAN commenting template

Purpose of the Skills Development Act

Purpose of the Skills Development Act (1998)

The stated purpose of the Skills Development Act (SDA) 1998 is:

a) to develop the skills of the South African workforce

i     to improve the quality of life of workers, their prospects of work and labour mobility

ii    to improve productivity in the workplace and the competitiveness of employers

iii   to promote self-employment; and

iv   to improve the delivery of social services

b) to increase the levels of investment in education and training in the labour market and to improve the return on that investment

c) to encourage employers

i     to use the workplace as an active learning environment

ii    to provide employees with the opportunities to acquire new skills

iii   to provide opportunities for new entrants to the labour market to gain work experience;

and

iv   to employ persons who find it difficult to be employed

d) to encourage workers to participate in learnerships and other training programmes

e) to improve the employment prospects of persons previously disadvantaged by unfair discrimination and to redress those disadvantages through training and education

f) to ensure the quality of education and training in and for the workplace g)  to assist

i     work-seekers to find work

ii    retrenched workers to re-enter the labour market

iii        employers to find qualified employees; and

iv   to provide and regulate employment services.