The benefits of Seta accreditation
Are you wondering if it is worth the effort to get your training business Seta accredited? Based on our experience with training businesses, it makes good business sense to obtain Seta accreditation.
Feedback from the training companies that obtained Seta accreditation with our assistance indicates a remarkable difference in all aspects of their business. Perception is a key change, as employers instantly acknowledge Seta accredited training businesses as professional, knowledgeable and credible.
Employers want to know their training budget is being well spent and their employees are gaining valuable knowledge and skills. This is vital, especially in industries like the building and mining industry, where knowledge safeguards employees from potential occupational hazards. It also counts immensely in industries where competition is stiff, as skilled staff can help differentiate a business from its competitors.
It is therefore easier to trust accredited training companies to deliver training services, as their management, processes, content, material and trainers have been externally evaluated. Employers can rest assured that all these aspects meet the specified criteria of their industry’s Seta and are relevant and high quality.
Furthermore, accredited training companies are required to assess trainees against specific and measurable outcomes. In skills training programmes, a practical component requires trainees to demonstrate the acquired skills in their workplace, integrated with the theory they’ve learned. This is the best way to ensure the training has achieved its objective.
Employers are also reassured to know that assessors of accredited training companies are competent and can therefore competently assess learners. To become registered, assessors must have completed an accredited assessor course and be Seta registered. They must also have demonstrated they are experts in their subject matter, and this is verified during induction moderations.
Sending employees on Seta accredited training also benefits the employees. Not only do they receive a learner manual and workbook, but their training is recognised within the National Qualifications Framework (NQF). Those who successfully complete training and pass the assessment receive a certificate of competence, endorsed by the relevant Seta. Employees can accumulate their credits towards a full NQF qualification.
Another benefit of accreditation is that training becomes more affordable for employers who qualify for mandatory and discretionary grants. By submitting a Work Place Skills Plan and an Annual Training Report, employers receive a Mandatory grant for sending employees on accredited training. The grant is based on a percentage of the Skills Development Levy the employer pays monthly to SARS.
Employers may also qualify for Discretionary Grants for employees to attend accredited skills training programmes. By making your clients aware of these grants and encouraging them to submit claims, they will be more willing and able to use your services.
Finally, employers can enhance their B-BBEE score by claiming spend on your training as part of their training target spend. This helps them gain valuable points in the SD portion of their B-BBEE scorecard.
How to get SETA accredited
For all these reasons, Seta accreditation opens the doors to more opportunities to do business. Thrive has assisted 850+ businesses to obtain company accreditation within all the different Setas. To date, we have a 100% success rate. To benefit your training business, contact us today and we’ll help you to achieve Seta accreditation!