Skills Development Act in South Africa

 Skills development Act was created for a number of reasons.  South Africans who have a disability benefit from the Skills Development Act for the following reasons:

  • Improvement of quality of workforce and job opportunities
  • Improvement of productivity in workplace
  • Improvement of self-employment
  • Investment within workforce by training and learnerships

The Act encourages employers to:

  • Use workplace as an active learning environment
  • Provide employees with new skills and opportunities
  • Employ those who are previously disadvantaged
  • Engage in learnership programs
  • Improve employment of persons who were previously disadvantaged due to unfair discrimination by offering training
  • Assisting work seekers to find work
  • Assisting retrenched workers to re-enter the labor market
  • Assist employers to find qualified employees and provide and regulate employment services

Those Purposes Are To be Achieved Through:

  • The National Skills Authority
  • Provincial andlabour offices of the department
  • The National Skills Fund
  • SETAs
  • Skills Development Levy
  • Skills development institutes
  • Accredited trade test centres
  • Skills development forum for each province
  • Quality Council for Trades and Occupations
  • Working in unison with the South African Qualifications Authority
  • Skills development forum per province
  • National artisan moderation body
  • Productivity South Africa

Employees must pay a skills development levy each month.  The following organizations are excluded from the levy:

  • Public service
  • Religious or charity organizations – NGOs
  • Public entities with 80 percent remuneration from parliament
  • Employers whose payroll is less than R250 000 per year
  • Those who do not have to register according to the Income Tax Act

Funds are distributed in the following way:

  • SETAs get 80percent of the money
  • Employers get back some of the money back from SETAs when offering training
  • Skills Development Fund gets 20 percent of the money that is used for training

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