Requirement: Establish a culture of training and development as part of the BBBEE StrategyMy client, a well-known consumer beverage brand with its head office in Johannesburg, came to the realisation that they have several low-skilled employees. Without any formal training and development programme it is not possible to develop career plans for its work force; that is where Triple E Training comes in. Establishing a culture of training and development is a key element of any organisation’s BBBEE Strategy and my client recognised the importance of developing low-skilled employees.
Product Introduced: ABET – aimed at cultivating literacy and numeracyHaving never before embarked on any kind of skills development I introduced my client to Adult Education and Training (AET), also known as ABET: a skills development programme specifically aimed at cultivating literacy and numeracy for adults who want to finish or improve their basic education. ABET comprises of various learning areas that include Communication in English and Mathematics. Within these learning areas there are different levels of training, based on the current skills-level of the employee. ABET Level 1 is for those employees whose current comprehension of the English language and/or the use of numbers are below that of a Grade 3 learner. By completing ABET Level 1 the employee will be deemed proficient in those two skills to the level of Grade 3. For ABET Level 2 the proficiency is that of Grade 5, ABET Level 3 is Grade 7 and ABET Level 4 is Grade 9. In training and development terms that is equal to a NQF 1 qualification within the General Education and Training (GET) framework. With the assistance of Triple E Training’s Placement Assessment tool a group of 10 employees has been identified for ABET. This group has already successfully completed the ABET Level 1 learning area of Communication in English and will soon start the next phase of ABET Level 2. The group of 10 learners are attending workshops that are facilitated by an accredited ABET facilitator on my client’s premises at its Durban operations. One learning area takes 120 hours to complete and Triple E Training has found that one 3-hour session every week is the optimal training time for successful completion of the skills development programme.
Expert opinion: ABET contributes points to the BEE Scorecard under the skills development elementApart from ABET benefiting the employee by providing fundamental skills like reading and writing, understanding, listening, and numeracy it also has several benefits to the employer. The National Skills Development Strategy (NSDS) requires companies to comply to the BBBEE and submit an Annual Training Report (ATR) and Workplace Skills Plan (WSP). Because Triple E Training is a SETA accredited private training service provider, my client will also be able to claim its skills development grant from the FoodBev SETA. ABET furthermore contributes points to my client’s BEE Scorecard under the skills development element. Classified as Category B training within the skills matrix, ABET will earn my client extra points on its BEE Scorecard. Bonus points can further be scored under the procurement and socio-economic development elements because of Triple E’s status as a Level 2 company.
Call to action: Triple E Training – Your partner in empowering employeesWith Triple E Training as its partner my client is not only empowering its employees with AET but also making a valuable contribution to the country’s BBBEE objectives. Developing low-skilled employees prepares them for the next phase in their development: occupational learning at NQF Levels 2-4.
SummaryAt a cost of R70k my client, in the food and beverage industry, has embarked on AET in literacy and numeracy for a group of 10 employees at its Durban branch. With successful completion of the first training phase the employees have just started the journey on the second phase of the training that will see them competent in English up to ABET Level 4 (Grade 9) after 120 hours of face-to-face learning per learning area with the help of an accredited ABET facilitator. This programme is helping my client establishing a formal and ongoing training and development programme, something that has not been in place before.
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