Outsources Skills Development Facilitator Services
By utilising the outsourced Skills Development Facilitator Services offered by SDS, your compliance with the Skills Development Act, SETA Grant applications and Tax incentives is ensured and you will receive the maximum benefits from the funding as I explained at our meeting.
An SDF is a person who will ensure that the organisation’s Workplace Skills Plan / Implementation Report is developed and implemented and also serves as a liaison person between the organisation/s and the SETA. The SDF can be appointed from within the organisation/s, usually a person within the training division and/or human resources division.
An independent (external) SDF can also be used to assist the organisation with the implementation of skills development at the workplace on an outsourced basis.
The role of the SDF is to amongst others:
- Take a holistic view of skills development within the organisation with due consideration of legislative requirements and organisational imperatives;
- Serve as a resource with regard to all aspects of skills development within the organisation;
- Serve as a contact person between the organisation and the SETA;
- Ensure that the organisation’s databases can provide the relevant skills development data;
- Assist the organisation in developing a Workplace Skills Plan which complies with legislated and SETA requirements;
- Submit the Workplace Skills Plan to the SETA;
- Advise the organisation on the implementation of the Workplace Skills Plan;
- Assist the organisation with the drafting of an Annual Training Report on the implementation of the previous year’s Workplace Skills Plan;
- Advise the organisation on quality assurance requirements as set by the SETA;
- Communicate SETA initiatives, grants and benefits to the organisation;
- Apply for SETA grants on behalf of the organisation
- Manage the SETA projects on behalf of the organisation
- and SDFs that that do not perform their duties cannot be used as an excuse to the SETA by organisations in terms of deadlines missed, or information not passed on by the SDF.
CATEGORIES OF SDFS
The Primary SDF is the main SDF for the SDL number and the liaison person with the SETA. Only one (1) Primary SDF is permitted per levy number.
Relevant people within the organisation, other than the primary SDF may be nominated as secondary SDFs. The role that they play may include, amongst others:
a support role to the primary SDF;
- where they require access to the organisations information on SETA’s management information system;
- where an organisation with multiple operations / divisions / branches may have one primary SDF but each operation / division / branch may have a secondary SDF to facilitate skills development initiatives.
The number of secondary SDFs will depend on the number required by the organisation.
In order for SDS to support your organisation and being able to submit your WSP & ATR to the relevant SETA, or our Employment Equity (EE) Plan to the Department of Labour the following information is very important:
- Deadline for WSP & ATR from the SETA’s – 30 April every year.
The SDS deadline for clients to submit all relevant information is 30 May.
Employment Equity plan submission to Department of Labour is 15 January every year.
SDS deadline for clients to submit all relevant information is 15 December.
Late submissions will result in a penalty fee to the organisation or even failure to submit to the SETA or DOL before their deadline. SDS does not take any accountability to submit on time if the organisation fails to submit the required information on the provided SDS deadlines.
- In order for SDS to support your organisation and being able to submit your WSP & ATR to the relevant SETA, or our Employment Equity (EE) Plan to the Department of Labour the following information is very important:
- Client Information Form (Annexure A) must be submitted for each company individually.
- SDF Appointment Letter template must be completed on your company letterhead. (Annexure B)
- Document Requirement Checklist to be completed and submitted with all relevant documentation. (Annexure C)
- A 50% deposit is required before any work will start.
No Workplace Skills Plans or Employment Equity plans will be submitted to the relevant SETA or Department of Labour if the full invoice is not settled before the deadline agreed.