Companies that annually submit their Mandatory Grant claim (Actual Training Report / Workplace Skills Plan) to their relevant SETA can also apply for the Discretionary Grant.
Companies are able to apply for the grant on Learnerships, Apprenticeships, Bursaries, Skills programs etc. – Training programs that lead to a full qualification or form part of a qualification – these are often called PIVOTAL programs.
The relevant SETA will open up a “window application period” each year to inform levy-paying companies that the application process for discretionary grants has opened. In the communication, the SETA will advise what are occupational shortages/scarce and critical skills in the sector and what training programs can be applied for to address these shortages/scares and critical skills.
This grant is of total discretion of the relevant SETA and is not a given, it is at each SETA sole discretion. The SETA board of trustee meet and consider what companies and what amount will be awarded to the approved companies, thus applying will not mean a granted Discretionary grant. One should also keep in mind that each SETA has its own criteria that a levy paying company needs to adhere to be considered for this grant.
The board criteria are the following but not limited to –
- Levy contributions are up-to-date.
- Approved Actual Training Report / Workplace Skills Plan.
- Falls in the relevant SETA’s sector needs.
Should you wish to apply for the Discretionary Grant, please contact your qualified appointed Skills Development Facilitator today. SEESA Skills will advise you on the application process.
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