Friday 1st of February and the the newly implemented grant application system for merSETA (as well as other SETA’s) is officially open!
The submission deadline for the financial period 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020, for Mandatory and Discretionary grant submissions by merSETA levy paying, merSETA non-levy paying (SARS exempted) companies and other legal entities including NGOs, TVET/Universities, operating in our sector, is Tuesday, 30 April 2019.
Remember that an accredited Skills Development Facilitator (SDF) is required for the submission of your company’s grant application.
KZNEIA SDF’s offers Skills Development assistance to companies in order to enable and support their current Skills Planning and Reporting requirements such as preparation and submission of the Workplace Skills Plans (WSP), Annual Training Reports (ATR), PIVOTAL Plans (PP) and PIVOTAL Training Reports (PTR).
Developing and submitting the WSP, ATR, PP and PTR submission documents serves as building blocks to developing staff in order to ensure that organisations reach their strategic objectives.
Companies are reminded that where a recognition agreement exists between the organisation and labour/union, immaterial of the size of the workforce, a labour/union representative on the Training Committee is required to sign-off on the grant application on or before the deadline date. This includes PIVOTAL.
Where a recognition agreement does not exist and the company employs 50 or more employees, an employee representative on the Training Committee is required to sign-off on the mandatory grant application on or before the deadline date. This includes PIVOTAL. The labour/union or employee representatives, whichever is applicable, must submit an application to register via NSDMS follow the prompts to register.
Other important aspects to note:
- Large and medium-sized companies that intend to be considered for discretionary grants for PIVOTAL programmes must submit their mandatory grant application and complete the PIVOTAL plan on or before the deadline date.
- Companies intending to enrol matriculants from the “Class of 2018” must select the “Class of 2018” when completing the PIVOTAL plan.
- Small and other legal entities, that intend to be considered for discretionary grants for PIVOTAL and non-PIVOTAL, should note that the system will open in May 2019 and the deadline date will be end of May 2019.
- Preference will be given to learners linked to the merSETA identified Priority Skills and the Strategic Infrastructure Projects (SIPs).
- Medium and large companies that intend to be considered for non-PIVOTAL programmes will be required to submit their application via the discretionary grant funding window.