Skills Development


Skills Development Act – 2003, and  Proposed Amendments to SETA’s June 2006

Summary of the Skills Development Act: To provide an institutional framework to devise and implement national, sector and workplace strategies to develop and improve the skills of the South African workforce; to integrate those strategies within the National Qualifications Framework contemplated in the South African Qualifications Authority Act, 1995;

Eskil will do the  following for your organisation : 

  • Eskilz can assist you to find out which SETA you are currently registered with and also to determine if it is the correct SETA for your organisation.
  • Conduct an analysis of your company’s training requirements, identifying internal Skills Development needs;
  • Compile and submit the Workplace Skills Plan Annual Training Report & Pivotal Report
  • Consultation on the implementation of the Workplace Skills Plan and assist with the implementation of a training committee; and
  • Identify and advise on all areas of concern to ensure your company complies with the current legislation.
  • Registering a SDF (Skills Development Facilitator) appointed by Eskilz
  • Eskilz will act as an External SDF for your organisation.
  • Conducting a skills audit to determine the organisation’s skills needs as well as the current
  • Establishing a Skills Development Committee (by law a company with 50 or more employees need to establish a Skills Development Committee and consult with the Committee in terms of the plan).
  • Consult and convene all meetings with the Skills Development Committee with regards to the skills plan.
  • Recommend suitable training courses and which can be administered and done by Eskilz College, see relevant tab
  • Inter Seta Transfer if the need arises

 The annual deadline for these submissions is now 30 April each year.


Skills Development Facilitation Services 

The Skills Development Act and Skills Development Levies Act were a direct result of the need to define certain areas in the Employment Equity Act more specifically. The objectives are, amongst others, to develop a culture of high quality life-long learning. Eskilz will ensure that your organisation  has access to special grants that can benefit your organisation.The levy grant scheme, imposed by the Skills Development Act and the

Skills Development Levy Act, aims to expand the knowledge and competencies of the labour force. On-the-job (workplace based) training as well as training from external providers are recognised as training courses for the purposes of the workplace skills plan. Most companies conduct training but do not claim money back from the SETA. Many participating organizations regard the money that they do get disbursed  from the Seta for SDL as their annual training budget.

There are some requirements that need to be met in order to claim back the maximum 50% of the SDL paid. The organization needs to appoint a registered SDF , they need to submit a Workplace Skills Plan and Annual Training Report to their SETA by the 30th of April annually. Companies with 50 or more employees need to establish a Training Committee and consult with the Committee on the development of the plan.


The Benefits of Skills Development in your organisation

With the right facilitation skills and correct development strategy, businesses can benefit from SD in the following ways:

  • Investing in your employees can boost employee morale and production
  • Enhanced training can lead to improved performance and increase retention of employees

Who must pay Skills Development Levy (SDL)?

All employers whose salary/wage bill exceeds R500 000.00 per year are obliged to pay the SDL.


What amount in SDL must the Employer pay?

The leviable amount is calculated at 1% of the company payroll. This amount includes salaries, wages, overtime payments, leave pay, bonuses, commissions and director fees.


How much can an Employer Claim?

All compliant employers can claim 20% on Mandatory Grants and 49.5% on Discretionary Grants, of all skills development levies paid over to SARS.  Further grants are available for FREE training, Internship and Learnership Programmes undertaken by employers. Eskilz will be able to keep you informed of available grants from your Seta.


What are the Criteria for Claiming?

  • Employers must be up to date with their SDL payments to SARS;
  • Employers must appoint a Skills Development Facilitator;
  • Employers must train their staff or have them trained;
  • Employers must complete and submit a Workplace Skills Plan and an Annual Training Report.

How can Eskilz assist you?

Eskilz’s Skills Development Services are designed to maximise the impact of training and development in your company. Firstly, by adhering to the legislation and secondly, by formulating proficient structures and strategies to facilitate the proactive development of employees. By accurately and timeously identifying your training needs, we can link your training and development plans to your strategic business objectives. This will ensure an increased return on investment in training initiatives, whilst increasing productivity and improving quality in the workplace. We can assist your company in managing this entire process whilst allowing you to benefit from grants refunded by your SETA.