The most disputes reported with B-BEE Learnership implementations is based on a lack of understanding between the roles of each party involved in the process. Employers enroll learners on learnerships for B-BEE points, but 12 months later discover that they are not able to claim the points due to errors in the registration process.
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Let’s have a look at some of the common misconceptions people have when it comes to learnership implementation for B-BEE purposes.
The Training Provider is responsible for:
- Ensuring that they comply with all the legal requirements of the NQF Act, with regards to registration with either the SETA, QCTO and DHET. (This will include company registration, QMS and related requirements.)
- Have a valid letter from the QB that allows them to offer the specific qualification. (This will cover programme approval, delivery, assessment, moderation and verification processes.)
- Make sure that all assessor and moderator registration are still valid and active.
- Setup an internal project team member to follow the progress of the “long term project” and able to take action and provide necessarily feedback during the process.
- Enrolment of the learner with the relevant SETA on the learnership prior to start, that include signing agreements.
- Responsible for the delivery, assessment, internal moderation and external verification process by the registered SETA.
The Skills Development Facilitator is responsible for:
- “Facilitating” the process of Skills Development that include providing advice on the different responsibilities and processes to be followed.
- For large companies provide an additional Project Management service where groups of learnerships were enrolled to monitor their progress. This can reduce additional cost for re-scheduled of missed classes or learners who drop-out during the programme for various reasons.
- Registering these learnerships with the Skills Levying Registered SETA for B-BEE purposes before implementing the learnership. For example: The Butchery Learnership might be registered with the FOODBEV SETA, but the employer is registered with the WRSETA for Skills Levies.
- Ensures that the employer comply annually with the WSP/ATR submissions for BEE Auditing purposes.
- This of course excludes all the other rules of the SDF, as we only discussing Learnerships for B-BEE purposes on the moment.
The BEE Consultant is responsible for:
- Advising his client (employer) on the options for achieving improved B-BEE scorecard.
- Provide the recommendations in writing in a professional document that:
- Can be used to inform the appointed SDF of the company of the training needs and opportunities that were identified. (The SDF is not a B-BEE expert and solely act on the recommendations of the B-BEE consultant.)
- Document all the requirements that may include documentation, processes and timelines needed for the BEE Auditing process.