Youth Skills Training Is Valuable For Businesses

Youth skills training is valuable. There are many disabled youth who arent being given a fair chance to further their studies after high school due to no financial back up. Companies are losing out on B-BBEE points, where they could be gaining and helping improve the lives of people less fortunate.

Government wants to share the responsibility of giving persons with a disability the opportunity to gain required skills. There are many benefits for your business, such as:

  • Cash Grants
  • BEE score points
  • Skilled and experienced employees
  • Improved productivity and quality
  • Bridging skill gaps and training opportunities

Action assists companies in gaining all the above benefits by placing people with disabilities into the correct businesses and learnerships for youth skills training.

Learnerships for people with disabilities counts towards disability target in the employment equity portion of the scorecard, which is 2% of total staff. Another 2 percent weighted points are added when complying with this target. An additional 3% point impact can be gained on the skills development side of training which is 0.3% of payroll undertaken for an employee who has a disability.

A disability-focused learnership boosts a companies B-BBEE scorecard by more than 12 points. Learnerships count for 6 points for 5% of total permanent employees on the learnership program. The learnership process requires a skills spend which contributes to general and specific target skills:

  • General skills spend – 6 points for a spend of 3 percent of payroll, training black employees
  • Specific target skills spend- 0.3 percent of payroll for 3 points, training people with disabilities

For more information about training that we offer, please contact Elsie Botha on 011 763 3366 or elsie@action4.org.za and Stephen Bergers on 011 763 2429 or stephen@action4.org.za