The 31st of March 2019 is approaching, do you have your WSP & ATR ready for 2020?
WSP? (Workplace Skills Plan)
This is a strategic document that identified the skills an organisation needs and it further outlines, in a systematic manner,the plans to address these training development needs, to tackle the skills gap in the organisation.
The WSP is instrumental to South Africa's Skills Development strategy and by law, companies must develop and submit an annual WSP to the SETA.
ATR? (Annual Training Report)
In order for an organisation to report on its progress, it need to submit an ATR. While this is submitted together with the WSP the purpose of the report is to how progress against the previous year's WSP.
The ATR enables the organisation to measure the success or failure of skills priorities and skills development objectives, as outlined in their previous WSP.
The report is used by SETA to establish whether activities in training development and education are complete or still in progress. The information in the report includes attendance registers, training spend, which training providers were used and the name of the Skills Development Facilitator.
Remember : The ATR of the previous year must be submitted with the WSP of the current year
3 Easy Steps to Developing a WSP
1. Identify current employee knowledge & skill
What you will need to do is conduct a skills audit, so that you can establish what the current skill level of your workforce is. By identifying current competencies, its possible to discover hidden talents and skills employees may have. Which could be extremely beneficial to your business, in ways you would never have known, if it weren't for the audit.
2. Analyse the information from the skills audit
By looking at current skills and comparing these to skills which may be required in future, the organisation will be able to identify the gaps that need to be developed. These skills need to align with all the strategic objectives.
3. Develop a plan based on this information
Once you have identified the current employee knowledge and skill, it is then clear what is lacking in your workforce. It is then crucial to tackle these skills shortages with the most appropriate type of training for the need (which could include, learnerships, external courses, in-house training, etc ), consider whether to invest in individuals or in groups, and take into account the resources available to the organisation, a well as policies and budget. The plan should be considered a strategic priority and it is therefore essential that executive support is present.
The benefits of a successful submission
An organisation that correctly complies with the requirements are able to take advantage of all the incentives given by the state. Which include mandatory and discretionary grants to subsidise and complement their investment in their people and talent pool.
Where can we help you?
When you consider the final step in developing a WSP, one of the methods of training that can be implemented, to optimise your workforce, is making use of external courses.
At StellieTech we have a vast range of courses which are designed for the workforce. We offer everything from basic computer literacy, all of the Microsoft Office 2016 suit courses, and beyond.
We understand the importance of developing a skilled workforce , especially in 2019, where the use of technology has never been more prevalent.
If you would like to get us involved with empowering your workforce, contact us for more information, using the form below or call us directly on 021 808 9503.
We are here to help you up-skill the South African of tomorrow.