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Top 10 reasons why you should have an SDF

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A Skills Development Facilitator, SDF for short, is an individual that has an in-depth understanding of the Skills Development landscape. While an internal employee of your company may have this knowledge, a Skills Development Facilitator is set apart by a few key features:

  1. An in-depth understanding and strong relationships with SETAs and the Department of Labour.
  2. Quick turnaround times to obtain information from key stakeholders, including SETAs and the Department of Labour.
  3. A qualified SDF has access to SETA systems for WSP/ATR submissions because they are registered with the respective SETAs.
  4. They can effectively use your company’s Training information and, by conducting an annual evaluation, they can articulate the information for an accurate WSP/ATR Submission.
  5. An excellent SDF will ensure consistent annual WSP/ATR submissions to ensure the Department of Higher Education and Training obtains accurate information with regards to the demanded skills in each respective sector. (WSP/ATR Submissions is the only methodology used by the DHET to determine the skills demands per sector.).
  6. He/she is often a qualified Skills Development Practitioner, with a formal qualification such as an NQF5 National Higher Certificate.
  7. They can assist your company to structure a Training Needs Analysis Report that is aligned with organisational objectives, through effective consultation with your Training Committee and Top Management.
  8. When it comes to training implementation, he/she has lists of preferred training providers and they can negotiate training prices with training providers on behalf of your company. They should build an implementation proposal tailor-made to your company that is aligned with your SETA’s Sector Skills Plan.
  9. When it comes to funding your training, they can guide your company in applying for Discretionary Grant funding from SETAs for training implementation. Your SDF will also guide your company’s decision-making by explaining the various training funding programmes and initiatives offered by the SETAs.
  10. An excellent SDF will advise your company on true transformation efforts aligned with your Training Needs Analysis in order to promote your Employment Equity goals and targets to achieve compliance.

Your SDF will play an important role in any effective Skills Development submission of your WSP/ATR before 30 April. If your company needs assistance, our team of experts will be happy to set up a consultation to evaluate your needs.

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