Is all training subject to the requirements of the Skills Levy?

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No. The Skills Levy requirements apply only to 1 percent of an employer's payroll. However, most companies that recognise the importance of having competent staff spend about 4 to 5 percent on training and other skills development interventions. This means that employers need include only those programmes in their WSPs and ATRs that are aligned to registered unit standards/qualifications and are offered by accredited training providers.

What this also means is that companies can still contract providers (from the rest of the training budget) for other important learning interventions that are not necessarily aligned to the NQF - but these do not have to be included in the WSP and ATR. It is not even necessary to use accredited training providers for these programmes, as such programmes do not lead to NQF credits.

Another option would be to add separate sections to the WSP and ATR, indicating the in-house and external training interventions that are not aligned to the NQF, possibly with an explanation as to why these are not aligned. This would still meet the SETA requirements as regards the payment of grants to employers from the Skills Levy, as the WSP and ATR would clearly specify the NQF-aligned programmes.

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