Introducing skills development as a quick fix solution for BEE verificationSkills development is the biggest challenge for companies with an annual turnover of more than R50m. In a recent Business Day feature on BEE matters the author warns businesses to plan for skills development because longer training programmes like learnerships must at least start in the financial year for which the verification is done. The author writes that: “Companies that need a verification done, for example, in September 2016, cannot quickly pay for training and expect to earn points at that verification. Any money spent now would apply to the period ended February 2017 and would have an influence on a BEE certificate issued only after that financial year end.” Although the author is technically correct, Triple E Training is busy introducing skills development as a quick fix solution for BEE verification. We realised that businesses are in dire straits when it comes to the skills development element of the BEE scorecard. As a priority element, this is one of the areas in the scorecard where it is possible to obtain the maximum points when done in the right way. Often businesses don’t have the time and energy to implement lengthy training programmes and that resulted in our researchers considering different ways to help our clients achieve their BEE objectives. We are now able to offer skills development as a quick fix solution for BEE verification because of proactive thinking. When a business contacts us with a request for an urgent training programme we can now offer them a one-stop package whereby a group of learners have already completed their training at our own academy over a period within the client’s verification year. All learner records, results, and other documentation are then supplied to the business who can them simply hand the paperwork to the verification agent. That said, I agree with the author of the article that appeared in Business Day that companies must plan for skills development. Why would you want the stress of being caught with your pants on your knees when it is time for your company’s BEE verification? We at Triple E Training will help you plan so that your company can train the right candidates on the right programme for the right reasons. This is after all the vision of Black Broad-Based Economic Development (BBBEE). As part of our services we assist our clients with implementation of their workplace skills plan (WSP) and their training spend is covered for at least three years in the case of Adult Basic Education (AET). Plan once, sit back, and enjoy the ride for three years. Whether you need a quick fix for BEE verification, or whether you truly care about the development of the country’s economy through skills development, call me on 010 597 7611. Triple E Training will have a solution to address your needs.
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