Challenge: Coordinate training for unskilled staff that work scattered on various sitesMy client, which operates in the services industry, recently received its SETA grant (as regulated by the Skills Development Act and Skills Levy Act) and wants to commence BBBEE/BEE staff training for 40 of its employees. Due to the nature of its business, where employees work on-site at various shopping malls throughout Gauteng, my client found it problematic to procure an outsourced ABET/AET training service provider for its employee skills development programme. The reason being that is a challenge to coordinate training for 40 unskilled staff that work scattered on various sites across a province.
Solution: ABET/AET modules in Numeracy (Mathematics) and Communications in EnglishAfter an initial placement assessment, that is used to determine the current level of education of low skilled employees, it was decided to offer my client Triple E Training’s Adult Based Education and Training (ABET/AET) modules in Numeracy (Mathematics) and Communications in English. Each of these modules consist of 120 hours of training by a highly skilled facilitator from our network of more than 400 facilitators across the country. Because we believe in equal and quality education for all employees, the learners will attend two 3-hour training sessions per week which will allow them to complete their training in a period of five to six months. After consultation with my client it was decided to make use of their training facilities at their Head Office in Centurion for group training and Triple E Training assisted them in scheduling the outsourced staff training in such a way that it has minimum impact on their daily operations without service interruptions to their customers.
Expert opinion: ABET addresses literacy and numeracy in the workplaceThe Skills Development Act and Skills Levy Act requires all employers with an annual payroll of more than R500 000, or 50 and above employees to pay a skills levy of 1% of their annual payroll. In order to qualify for a mandatory grant of 20% of the skills levy paid, the employer has to submit a Workplace Skills Plan (WSP) indicating the planned training for the coming reporting period, and an Annual Training Report (ATR) that gives account of all training provided to staff during the reporting period, i.e. the previous financial year. At Triple E Training we offer SETA accredited training under the skills development element of the BEE Scorecard. Our ABET modules address the fundamental skills of reading, writing, understanding, listening as well as numeracy and mathematics. All of our ABET modules furthermore complies with SAQA regulations and therefore unskilled or unemployed individuals will receive a General Education and Training Certificate (GETC) equivalent to an NQF 4 upon completion of the ABET module. ABET will therefore not only address literacy and numeracy in the workplace but also enable low skilled employees to develop further within a company.
Call to Action: Triple E Training – Your outsourced BEE training partnerWith Triple E Training as its outsourced BEE training partner my client not only managed to spend its SETA grant effectively but also provided communication and mathematic skills to employees in an attempt to drive skills development within the company.
SummaryFor as little as R240k my client, that operates in the services industry, will be utilising the SETA grant received to offer ABET to low skilled employees who work in the private sector at shopping malls across Gauteng. A selection of 40 employees will receive outsourced BEE training over a six-month period at its Head Office with minimal interruption of its daily operations thus offering continued service to its customers thanks to Triple E Training’s dedicated project management team.
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