Challenge: What do you do if your workforce is already literate and you need to get points for your BEE Scorecard?
My client, who is based in Midrand and a member of the Fibre Processing and Manufacturing SETA (FP&M SETA), needs to increase its BEE points by 8% before the end of May 2016. Their challenge however is that 95% of their workforce are graduates and Adult Based Education and Training (ABET) will therefore not be suitable to their employees.
So what do you do if the majority of your workforce is already literate and you need to get points on the skills development element of your BEE Scorecard?
Solution: Sponsored ABET for the unemployed community
ABET for the unemployed is one of the ways in which my client can reach its objective. At Triple E Training we manage Corporate Social Investment (CSI) on behalf of our clients through community training and skills development for unemployed people.
I therefore recommended to my client that Triple E Training recruit 100 unemployed people from within the community and train them in literacy (Communication in English) on a full-time basis for the next two months. My client therefore sponsors ABET for the unemployed community and in so doing meets the requirements of the skills development element on its BEE Scorecard.
Expert opinion: BEE Training for the unemployed is one of the best ways to comply to the Skills Development Act
With government legislation requiring that companies spend 6% of its annual payroll on skills development for black and disabled people BEE training for the unemployed is one of the best ways for companies with a literate workforce to comply to the Skills Development Act.
In addition, ABET (also known as AET) falls under Category B training on the skills matrix and therefore companies will earn extra points on the skills development element of their BEE Scorecard when implementing ABET either within their workforce or within the unemployed community. Any spend on ABET further results in an enhanced claim of 125% which means the actual value of spend is less than the value claimed on the BEE Scorecard.
Another advantage of BEE training for the unemployed is that my client is now able to create a pool of talent from the learners and identify potential future employees. ABET for the unemployed community can also form part of my client’s Workplace Skills Plan (WSP) and Annual Training Report (ATR).
Call to action: Triple E Training – Your partner in BEE training for the unemployed
With Triple E Training as its partner in community-based skills development my client is able to sponsor BEE training for the unemployed whilst complying to the requirements of the skills development element of the BEE Scorecard.
At the cost of R1-million my client, based in Gauteng and a member of the FP&M SETA, is able to increase its BEE points by 8% in only two months and in time for its financial year-end. Because my client’s workforce is predominantly graduates the required 6% annual payroll will be spent doing BEE training for the unemployed within the community on a full-time basis.