Challenge: A highly qualified and specialised workforce does not require skills development
Businesses with a small staff compliment, or in a very specialised field, often find themselves in a difficult situation when it comes to B-BBEE compliance, particularly pertaining to the skills development element of the BEE scorecard. Being able to conduct Category B or C training, as classified in the Learning Programme Matrix (LPM), can be tricky when you do not employ a large blue-collar workforce. Embarking on a skills development programme that comply with the BEE codes is further complicated when the majority of your workforce is qualified professionals like chemical engineers and industrial chemists because a highly qualified workforce does not require skills development.
Solution: A skills development programme for the unemployed community
In order to obtain the maximum possible points on the skills development element of the BEE scorecard it is necessary for a business to conduct skills development for black people equal to at least 6% of their annual payroll. It is ideal to include unemployed and disabled people into the skills development programme for compliance purposes. The solution for those small businesses, or those that employ people in specialist fields, is to embark on a skills development programme for the unemployed community.
Expert opinion: How to comply to the BEE codes when you do not employ blue-collar workers
Category B or C training does not have to cause your HR department chronic headaches. A great case study is that of my client in the chemical industry: a business in a specialist field with a small but highly qualified workforce. When they contacted me last month with a skills development budget of R435 000 they were concerned that they will not be able to meet the minimum requirements for their BEE scorecard. The amount of administration they will have to do for such a small training spend was also a concern for them.
Little did they know that the solution would be an effortless skills development programme that not only complies with the BEE codes and LPM but also requires no involvement from their side at all. Triple E Training’s complete Category C skills development package includes the recruitment of unemployed and disabled people from within the community, the training of those individuals at our training centre, and submitting all the necessary documentation to the business thereby making it easy for their verification agency to audit the skills development element of the BEE scorecard.
Triple E Training – your outsourced training partner for easy BEE verification
With Triple E Training as its partner my client, who employs highly skilled individuals in the chemical industry, was able to comply with the skills development element of their BEE scorecard through an outsourced training programme for unemployed community members.
For as little as R435 000 my client, who employs professionals with highly specialised qualifications, was able to comply with the skills development element of the BEE scorecard with outsourced training for 10 unemployed people from within the community. Triple E’s NQF 1 Business Practice qualification was awarded to the group of 10 black people who received full-time training for a total of two months at our training centre in Johannesburg. Our training courses are accredited by the various SETAs and comply with the requirements for Category B and C training as set out in the LPM.