25 August 2020

Why training businesses need Seta accreditation


Seta accreditation can be considered an asset if you run a training business. Not only does Seta accreditation advantage your business, but the learners who are trained by accredited training providers and their employers also benefit.


QCTO and/or Seta accreditation adds instant credibility to a training business. It indicates that your business meets the acceptable standards of quality set by an official body. In this case, it’s your industry’s Sector Education and Training Authority (Seta). Many corporates and other businesses actively seek accredited training providers for this reason.


As part of the accreditation process, your training programmes are assessed and the outcomes are aligned with the National Qualifications Framework (NQF). Learners who complete those training programmes benefit, as the certification is nationally recognised. In the South African environment where skills are scarce, further education and skills development can significantly boost learners’ careers.


Businesses that enrol their employees for training programmes and learnerships with accredited providers can enjoy peace of mind, knowing their employees are receiving quality training. They know what outcomes to expect and how their upskilled employees could enhance company productivity.


Furthermore, employers can potentially apply for discretionary funding from their Seta to cover the cost of training their employees. They can also claim their training expenditure towards the SD portion of their B-BBEE scorecard.


How to get Seta accredited

To gain Seta accreditation, it saves time and frustration to partner with a business that knows the policies and procedures. We walk through the entire process with training businesses to prepare them for a timeous and successful accreditation process.


We start by assessing what you already have and advise where there are shortcomings. We will establish a quality management system in your business if necessary, provide templates and liaise with the Seta on your behalf. If your facilitators, assessors and moderators are not yet registered, we assist with this, and help align your programmes with the SAQA unit standards and qualifications.


When we are satisfied that your business is ready, we complete and submit an application to the relevant Seta for company and programme accreditation. We prepare you for the Seta’s site visit and are present during the visit to assist with any questions.


Once accreditation is granted, we speak to you about how to implement efficiently and for a quick return on your investment, we advise how to maximise your accreditation status and maintain it going forward.


Thrive has helped more than 850 businesses nationwide to obtain company accreditation with 19 different Setas. Together with your dedicated professional accreditation consultant, we accept accountability for the success of our clients’ applications. As a result, we enjoy a 100% success rate.


Accreditation clearly gives training businesses a competitive edge. If you are serious about growing your business and want to gain your Seta accreditation, contact us today.