According to the Skills Development Levies Act, every business which is registered with SARS for skills development levies is required to appoint a Skills Development Facilitator. The SDF is responsible for coordinating all the skills-related activities of the business.
This is primarily an administrative function, and it would be best to appoint someone with excellent administrative skills.
You can appoint one of your employees as the SDF, or contract an external person to fill the role.
The SDF will need to register with the relevant SETA, and will act as a liaison between the SETA and your business.
The Skills Development Facilitator will be responsible for ensuring that the following tasks are carried out:
- Development of a Workplace Skills Plan and Pivotal Plan
- Submission of the Workplace Skills Plan and Pivotal Plan to the relevant SETA
- Liaising with the relevant SETA to ensure that the client receives its Mandatory and Discretionary Grant Disbursements.
- Establishing and assisting with Employment Equity/Skills Development Committees
- Advising on the implementation of the Workplace Skills Plan and Pivotal Plan
- Application submissions for Discretionary Funding and other Grants/Projects offered by the SETAs.
- Drafting of an Annual Training Report against the approved Workplace Skills Plan and submission of the plan to the SETA.
- Advising on quality assurance requirements as set by the relevant SETA
- Serving as a contact person between the employer and the relevant SETA
- Initiating and guiding the client’s training committee.
- Sourcing applicable accredited training providers in terms of the budget, strategic skills profile and schedule.
If you decide to use an external Skills Development Facilitation service, KVRQhubeka can provide all of the above services, as well as phone consultations as needed.