30 June 2008 is the deadline for the submission of the Workplace Skills Plan & Annual Training Report (WSP & ATR) for the reporting period 1 April 2008 to 31 March 2009 (WSP) and 1 April 2007 to 31 March 2008 (ATR) to Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs).
The preparation and submission of the training plan and report, a comprehensive overview of training within an organisation, is a vital step in the process towards companies receiving back a portion of the skills development levy paid.
This document is a detailed report of the organisation’s training plan that addresses scarce skills and the training interventions required.
According to Teryl Schroenn, CEO of Accsys, there is a need for guidance and information as to what needs to be done to secure not only a return on skills levies, but also to ratify and reinforce training strategies as the major intent behind the skills levy is to get companies to commit to an ongoing development of skills for the South African market.
SETAs play a key role in this process she says.
“SETAs run programs for the training of skills development facilitators. These facilitators assist training committees and workplace forums in understanding the strategies of business, and how training should be geared towards achieving the goals of the organisation. Obviously the more efficient the SETA, the more effective the skills development and training report process,” Schroenn adds.
The role of the training committee encompasses:
* Developing training policies;
* Ensuring that the WSP & ATR aligns with the organisation’s objectives and business plans;
* Ensuring that the WSP & ATR aligns with the organisation’s employment equity plan;
* Establishing training priorities;
* Compiling the WSP & ATR;
* Mmonitoring the implementation of the training plan.
In order to help meet the need, Accsys has organised seminars and workshops to assist clients in preparing and submitting training reports. Consultants are available to assist organisations onsite.
“As an established service provider that continues to advocate education and learning within the HR and payroll markets, we have implemented an activity program that will add value to clients through information share and discussion," says Schroenn.