A company which empowers its people, drives the economy and supports social growth. Skills development is one of the most important scorecard elements in B-BBEE training. And, since the updated requirements, it has become essential for South African companies to play their part in decreasing the unemployment rate through efficient training programmes. By contributing your money, time and effort to a long-term investment, it will help to increase your company’s rating and financial status.
B-BBEE training can be found in the form of learnerships, internships, short-courses or work-based training, all of which provide employees with the opportunity to upskill themselves in their positions and in their financial earnings. These small changes will provide your company with the competitive advantage it needs to withstand economic challenges and to sustain a productive, skilled workforce for years to come.
How ProudAfrique can assist
Skills make up the core offering of every company profile. In order for companies to add value to their customers, business owners need to plan ahead for medium- and long-term skills development.
At ProudAfrique, we simplify the BEE educational process by linking companies with the best learnership and skills development training courses. Our programmes are run through accredited institutions, and are offered in a range of subjects and competencies that are tailored to fit the client company’s culture. From strategy development and needs analyses to coordination of training programmes, we do it all.
Our training is accredited through South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) and provided by competent, registered and accredited service providers. Full recognition will be achieved based on actual qualifications and not a myriad of attendance-based certificates.
Along with that, we make sure that our programmes are coupled to leverage scorecard multipliers and financial incentives. This can be anything from tax incentives, increased scorecard benefits through the allocation of staff salaries, to the cost of training or engagement on SETA funded programmes.
The key benefits of investing in skills development for your employees
Competition: To avoid being left behind, it’s important for businesses to adapt to ever-changing market trends. Companies should comply with industry regulations, for example, skills development and training. By advancing your employees’ professional development, you’ll remain competitive.
Productivity: When employees are learning, they’re motivated and they’re contributing to the overall productivity of a company. Skills development is a tool that can take your employees to new heights, and if employees don’t have the ability to move forward, they’re putting your company at risk.
Loyalty: Learning opportunities motivate employees more than you think. When people feel they can learn something new and benefit themselves while working for you, they are more likely to stay. This goes hand-in-hand with companies which thrive on promoting within. This type of behaviour shows employees that they are able to grow and that you care enough about them to invest in their future.
Growth potential: No matter the size of the business, what keeps employees motivated and loyal to your company is their growth ability. If employees know that they have the opportunity to increase their skills and take courses to learn new things, they will naturally become more invested in the company.
Skills development is the first step in the journey of further education and training. It’s the South Africa we want our children to thrive in, and where we hope to set a solid foundation that will stand the test of time.
Our economy is highly dependent on the type of skills we can offer, and, with that being said, this type of investment can drastically improve business opportunities. By encouraging the establishment of more black-owned businesses, disability inclusion and overall employment, we will improve the economy.