Navigate B-BBEE Compliance: QCTO Learnership Registration Essential for Skills Development

by | Jun 27, 2024 | News, Employment Equity, Law | 0 comments

Implementation of QCTO for Learnerships (Category B,C,D) for Skills Development

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From 1 July 2024, all Learnerships must be registered with the Quality Council for Trades & Occupations (QCTO). This applies to Learnerships in Category B, C, and D as outlined in the Codes of Good Practice for Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment.

As of 30 June 2024, enrolment in SETA-accredited qualifications will cease. Going forward, all learners must be registered for occupationally directed qualifications through the QCTO.

Employers must align with the Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework (OQSF), transitioning from generic qualifications to those addressing specific scarce skills. The QCTO focuses on providing occupationally relevant qualifications, requiring organisations to rethink their skills development strategies. Employers must now carefully plan their initiatives, aligning them with internal needs and identify specific scarce skills within their businesses. In short, planning has become a vital component in crafting effective skills development strategies that meet the needs of South Africa’s evolving workforce.

Starting 1 July, companies undergoing B-BBEE Verification must prove that learners are enrolled in QCTO-accredited courses.

Ensure your learners are enrolled in the correct courses by requesting the Learnership Registration Certificate. This certificate, which includes a registration number from the QCTO, must be included in all correspondence, including the learnership agreement. This proves to Honeycomb BEE Ratings that the learnership is accredited and meets the requirements to qualify for BEE.

Your Skills Development service provider must be accredited with QCTO. They should be able to demonstrate that their courses meet the requirements to qualify for BEE points.

SETAs will continue to handle Discretionary and Mandatory Grants, and relevant learners will be registered accordingly with your SETA.

When managed correctly, Skills Development should not cost the company money and should result in the organisation earning B-BBEE points during their annual rating.

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