The SETA shall allocate at least 80% of its total 49.5% discretionary grants within a financial year (1 April – 31 March) towards PIVOTAL programmes to address critical and scarce skills within its sectors as set out in the Sector Skills Plan (SSP) in accordance with the new Regulations.
This grant is applicable when an employer addresses the sectors scarce and critical skills through the following PIVOTAL programmes (Professional, Vocational, Technical and Academic learning programmes that result in occupational qualifications or part qualifications on the National Qualifications Framework).
- Learnerships – formally registered with the department of labour and contains both practical (70%) and theoretical (30%) components leading to a full qualification.
- Skills programmes – short courses (1 day, a week, a month, etc.), consisting of either one or more-unit standards.
- Apprenticeships – on-the-job training and often some accompanying study (classroom work and reading) and enables practitioners to gain a license to practice in a regulated profession.
- Workplace Experience Placements – paid or unpaid, is part of a course of study and usually arranged through a university with an employer or by the student and is for an agreed period of time.
- Internships – a programme for candidates who have completed their training and still lack the workplace experience before they can be employed.
PIVOTAL training is an effective way to address your company’s succession planning training needs which include management and leadership skills and management training.
Learnerships are a great way to increase your training spend as you can count the salary of the learner as a training expenditure. Through the learnership process, the employer is able to increase the level of skills of his/her employees and reclaim the cost of the learnership fees from their SETA.
The employer must contact their SETA first to determine if they are eligible for SETA funding by providing a Letter of Intent (LOI).