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South Africa’s new tax laws and National Qualifications Framework deductions 2017

New amendments to the Taxation Laws Amendment Bill, introduced changes on tax deductions available to businesses. 2017

With regard to a person without disability, the value of the deduction is increased from R30,000 to R40,000 for qualifications from NQF (National Qualifications Framework) level 1 to NQF level 6 and decreased from R30,000 to R20,000 for qualifications from NQF level 7 to NQF level 10.

With regard to person with disability, the value of the deduction is increased from R500,000 to R600,000 for qualifications from NQF level 1 to NQF level 6 and remains at R50,000 for qualifications from NQF level 7 to NQF level 10.

A cap of R20 million was also introduced on the claim allowed to each employer.

Have you got learnerships and other BEE training programmes in place?

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All Companies/Organizations that have a wage bill (inclusive directors drawings) in excess of R500 000 per annum, must pay 1% of this wage bill as a training Levy (SDL). In order to get some of this money back, they need to have an qualified SDF – Skills Development Facilitator (either internal or external) to advice/assist them with various processes.

Why an Skills Development Facilitator?

  • Have you been getting your grants back from your SETA?
  • Is someone planning , monitoring  and ensuring that your training suits your BBBEE strategy ?
  • Have you got learnerships and other BEE training programmes in place?
 
If the answer no , then the chances are that you need help.
 
  • Your business is paying a monthly 1% skills  levy to the receiver of revenue .
  • This is 1% of your total payroll.
  • A portion thereof , 20% is allocated to the National Skills fund.
  • The balance is paid over to your  SETA – Sector  Education and Training authority.
  • The Seta is entitled to withold a small amount for administration costs.
  • You stand to recover at least 20% for basic compliancy and
  • another 50% by way of pre planned training grants from the SETA.

What is the purpose of a Workplace Skills Plan (WSP)? 

The Workplace Skills Plan serves to structure the type and amount of training for the year ahead, and is based on the skills needs of the organisation. A good WSP should consider current and future needs, taking into account gaps identified through a skills audit, the performance management system, succession planning initiatives, and any new process or technology changes planned for the year.

By when is the levy payable?

The levy must be paid to SARS not later than SEVEN days after the end of the month in respect of which the levy is payable, under cover of a SDL 201 return form.

The functions of a Skills Development Facilitator

  • Assist the employer and employees to develop a Workplace Skills Plan (WSP).
  • Submit the Workplace Skills Plan (WSP) to the relevant Seta.
  • Advise on the implementation of the Workplace Skills Plan.
  • Assist to draft an Annual Training Report (ATR) on the implementation of the Workplace Skills Plan.
  • Advice on the quality assurance requirements set by the Seta.
  • Act as a contact person between you and the Seta.
  • Serve as a resource for all aspects of skills development.

Companies/Organisations can either train their own internal person to become the represented SDF or contact any of our Top Students/Facilitators or Agents.

We at TRAINYOUCAN offer a free service where we create the opportunities for Companies / Organisations to get in contact directly with these qualified staff with no hidden cost. Simply another way that we support our learners and members of the group

 

What are the Costs and What Compensation is Offered of Learnerships?

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Obviously there are costs associated with training. These include: fees for “off-the job” education and training and the internal costs of providing mentoring and supervision for learners, the assessment of their progress, as well as the learner allowance.

However there are incentives to assist in funding learnerships. These take two principal forms:

1. Cash Grants

Employers who pay the skills levy can claim cash grants when they provide training. These grants can be used to offset learnership costs. Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs) may also provide grants for the implementation of learnerships. Employers should get in touch with the SETA to which their skills levies are paid to find out if learnership grants are available. These learnership grants are “discretionary”, so check with your SETA about this grant which can be paid in addition to the levy repayment for drafting and/or implementing a work place skills plan. You may thus be able to get back from the SETA more than your levy payments.

2. Tax Incentives

Following the registration of your learnership with a SETA you are eligible to claim a tax incentive from SARS.

There are two tax incentives, one at the beginning of the learnership and one at the successful conclusion of the learnership.

At the beginning of the learnership:

    • Learners already employed by you – 18(1): Once you have entered into a learnership agreement with a learner and have registered the agreement with a SETA , you may deduct 70% of the annual wages paid to that learner, up to a maximum amount of R17 500 during the relevant year of assessment.
  • Unemployed learners – 18(2): Once you have entered into a learnership agreement with a learner and have registered the agreement with a SETA, you may deduct 100% of the learnership allowance paid to the learner up to a maximum of R25 000 during the relevant year of assessment.

On completion of the learnership you can claim again! Your claim can be up to 100% of the annual wage paid to an employee (18(1)) or 100% of the allowance paid to the “unemployed” learner (18(2)) of up to a maximum of R25 000 during the relevant year of assessment.

For further details of the tax incentive, please consult the SARS website, look at the 2002 amendments to the tax laws or contact your SETA.

How are learnerships assessed

An assessment system that is appropriate and serves the objectives of the new learnership system has to be put into place. This assessment system should serve to promote quality into a learning and training as well as to give awards for achieved competencies.

It is recommended that a new system be based on the following guidelines:

      *In the assessment process, language requirement must encourage the development and use of languages previously discriminated against.

 

      *The procedures of the criteria for assessing learner performance should be laid before the assessment takes place.

 

      *Assessment in a learnership must, as far as possible, be integrative and not only emphasis practical skills.

 

      *A wide range of evidence should be promoted in an assessment. Portfolio-based assessment should be privileged for moderation as this form of assessment makes auditing less costly and the evidence can travel.

 

      *The occurrence of external or final test assessment may not be the norm for all kinds of learnerships. *Generally, “high-risk” learning should be subjected to this final assessment.

 

      *The quality assurance procedures should be developed in consultation of all relevant parties to establish fairness, efficiency and effectiveness.

 

      *The determination of learning progress should take place primarily where the learning is taking place. The assessor should be registered as competent with an education and training quality assuror/sector education and training organisation. The assessor may be the learning facilitator or instructor.

 

    *Available qualified and competent assessors are as important as competent trainers.

How are learnerships delivered

The learnership contract must be entered into between the learner, the provider/s of structured learning and organisation/s providing work experience. The learnership contract needs to be registered with a Seta to be eligible for public support.
Where the work experience is to be provided within the context of a job creation programme the contract will need to be entered into between the contractor, the learner and the accredited provider of training and then registered with the relevant Seta.
Where the work experience is to be provided within the context of entrepreneurial development, then either the provider of the training or the learners themselves will have to demonstrate that the contract work to be entered into as part of the training process complies with the range of experience required by the qualification. Such contracts will have to be in place prior to the registration of the learnership with the Seta.
The following issues are likely to affect the successful delivery of learning within the learnership system.
Learnerships are conditional upon both components being fulfilled: where there is no work experience, there cannot be a learnership. However the relative emphasis given to structured learning and work experience will be determined by the relevant Seta.
Work experience may be at a single workplace, cluster of workplaces or in a development or job creation project – provided that the learning outcomes are achieved.
The possibility of “group training schemes,” where groups of employers could be encouraged to come together and provide training, should be investigated. These could be initiated anywhere – by providers, by employment service agencies, by companies – but once established, will be registered with Setas.
The structured learning components of learnerships should be brought as close as possible to the work experience to promote the best learning synergy. For those in the industry this could mean providing theory at an accredited site in the workplace. Trainers could travel to industry instead of learners travelling to provider institutions. Open or technologically enhanced learning could contribute to lowering the unit costs of structured learning.
Where possible, learnership should start with a general overview of the sector before specialised training is offered. For example, learnership in the building industry could start with a general overview of the industry before going into sub-field specialisation such as carpentry or brick-laying.
Assessment should always be considered as an integral part of learnership. In particular, recognition of prior learning (RPL) should enable a learner to gain credit of any component of learnership.
Learnership could be integrated into the learning choice available to scholars in the further education and training band provided where the necessary work experience is available.