What is the Skills development levy (SDL)?
The SDL is a monthly levy, equivalent to 1% of a company’s payroll. It is mandatory for all companies that have an annual wage bill of R500 000 or more. Thrive can assist you to access mandatory and discretionary grants and take advantage of this levy.
Does my organisation have to pay the SDL?
- It is a non-profit organisation – you can apply for an exemption from SDL payments;
- It is a government department – you only pay 0,1% of your payroll as a contribution to the Seta running costs. You can still participate in all Seta processes, but you simply don’t claim money like other organisations;
- Your payroll is less than R500 000 a year.
Why should the SDL be paid?
How is the SDL spent?
- 20% is claimable in a mandatory grant claim;
- 50% is claimable through the discretionary grant applications – 40% for PIVOTAL programmes;
- 20% goes to the Department of Labour’s National Skills Fund for large public skills development projects;
- 10% goes to Seta running costs.
Can money be claimed back only after expensive formal training?
The paperwork and Seta processes are confusing. How can I find assistance?
Where do I find the right training?
Word of mouth is undoubtedly the best way to check if a course is right for you. You can also try:
- The Skills Portal
- Your Seta website accredited provider listings.
- Contact us – we’ll do our best to help.
The training environment is highly competitive and many options are available. Once you’ve found a good fit for your organisation, remember to check the provider’s accreditation details.
What can I expect from a Skills Development Facilitator (SDF)?
Does the law require application for accreditation?
What is an Education and Training Quality Assurance body (ETQA)?
To which Seta should I apply?
The selected Seta will be determined by the content of the material and training you deliver, namely the core of your training outcomes. So, the focus is not the audience/learners to whom training is offered, or the product issues covered, but rather the generic, underlying principles.
Can I apply to a Seta other than the one to which I pay my SDL?
Yes you can. Often a provider’s core business varies from the training being delivered. However an application for institutional accreditation can only be made to one Seta.
My range of courses fall within different Setas. Which Seta should I approach?
Your organisation should approach the Seta where most of your training lies. A Seta’s memorandum of understanding (MOU) with other Setas allows them to evaluate the programmes that do not fall within their scope.
What if there are no Unit Standards for my course?
Where there are no unit standards, you will need to decide whether to leave it unaligned or accept a currently registered unit standard. Unit standards can be reviewed on www.saqa.org.za
My organisation provides training but no assessments. Is that fine?
As a Seta accredited provider you are obliged to offer assessments to your learners. Learners however have the option to choose whether to be assessed or not.
What is the registration process for assessors?
Assessors need to complete an assessor course and the subsequent portfolio of evidence (POE) assessment. Once deemed competent, assessors are invited to register with the Seta that has jurisdiction over the Unit Standards or qualifications in the desired assessment category.
Who are the QCTO?
The Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO) is a Quality Council established in 2010 in terms of the Skills Development Act Nr. 97 of 1998. Its role is to oversee the design, implementation, assessment and certification of occupational qualifications, including trades, on the Occupational Qualifications Sub-Framework (OQSF).
The QCTO also offers guidance to skills development providers who must be accredited by the QCTO to offer occupational qualifications.