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Workplace Skills Plan 2016 – are you ready?

Workplace Skills Plan is a strategic document that articulates how the employer is going to address the training and development needs in the workplace. This process should be an all-inclusive one. 

In this post we are looking at the Workplace Skills Plan & Annual Training Report submission in detail and answering some frequently asked questions.

Workplace skills plan

Why is the Workplace skills plan so important to organisations?

Organisations need to search for the best possible training solutions to invest in their staff’s career paths when implementing their annual skills development plans. Keeping up to speed with industry trends and staying relevant is therefore pivotal when bridging gaps between organisations’ present realities, their skills development needs and employees’ career aspirations.

Apart from being legally obliged to develop an annual Workplace Skills Plan (under the Skills Development Act of 2003 and applicable Amendments of 2008), it provides a planned and structured approach to the type and amount of training for the year ahead based on the skills needs of an organisation. Workplace skills plans can successively provide organisations with an opportunity to discover talents and skills that they did not necessarily know already exist within their staff complement. Skills development is very important in South Africa, especially from a longer-term perspective.


Read more on the Skills Development Act here

Often organisations’ skills development needs focus on immediate needs with little consideration for change, organisational development or future anticipated skills needs. The significance and value of skills planning and development are not always fully understood and result in skills planning and development processes that can neither fully be supported from management and/or employees, nor are they very representative or engaging.

Developing a workplace skills plan (WSP) each year to coordinate and direct the implementation of skills development interventions, is therefore of utmost importance for each organisation’s strategic goals when it comes to identifying proper skills needs as well as considering employees’ professional development.

Pay Solutions experienced Skills Development Facilitators can assist with the Workplace Skills Plan & Annual Training Report process including submission of the reports.