What is a Workplace Skills Plan?
The WSP and ATR submission deadline is just around the corner on the 31st of March 2018. Preparing and submitting these documents can be very time-consuming, confusing and frustrating. Eskilz is able to assist you and make the process as painless as possible.
The Workplace Skills Plan (WSP) documents the skills that the company needs and to describes the range of skills development interventions that the company will use to address these needs and skills gaps.
A WSP must be developed and submitted every year in order to comply with current Skills Development legislation (SDL). The WSP is normally compiled by a registered Skills Development F acilitator (SDF) or qualified person and submitted to the relevant SETA.
By complying with the SDL, a company is granted access to various SETA grants available for skills training. In order to qualify for these grants, organisations must also ensure that their Annual Training Reports (ATR) are also submitted. This report is intended to show your progress against your last WSP – The planned against the actual training that took place.
A Workplace Skills Plan is meant to outline how an organisation/ employer is going to address the training and development needs within the workplace. It assists employers in identifying and providing relevant training that will address the skills gaps within the organisation. Compiling a WSP ensures that training is not only reactive to needs that emerge but also speaks to the overall organisational strategy, as well as encourages a holistic and sustainable approach to skills development. A well thought-out WSP will ensure that the skills that an organisation lacks are being addressed. This, in turn, will result in decreased training and development costs as development efforts are more focused.
How to develop a WSP
Here are a few steps when developing your WSP. Eskilz will assist employers with their WSP & ATR submissions.
Step 1 | Identify existing skills within the organisation.
Conducting a Skills Audit is the most effective way to do this. Identify the skills and knowledge that the organisation currently has and those that are lacking.
Purpose of a Skills Audit
- To identify the skills and knowledge that the company requires or possesses currently
- Identify and investigate the current competencies of each employee against pre-defined skill sets required to fulfill a specific job role/function.
Benefits of a Skills Audit
- Improved skills and knowledge.
- Decreased training and development costs as development efforts are more focused.
- Improved succession planning for employees’ growth and development.
- Increased productivity as people are better matched to their positions.
Step 2| Identify the skills gap within the organisation.
Once you have identified the skills that are present within the workforce, it becomes much easier to carry out the second step – identifying the skills that are missing and need to be developed. What skills are needed to achieve the strategic objectives of the organisation but are not present in the current workforce? These are the skills that need to be developed. Once again, a Skills Audit is a useful tool in identifying these gaps. Understanding where the gaps lie is an important step to any planning process and will pave the way forward for step 3.
Step 3 | Identify ways to develop skills which are lacking
These can include but not limited to:
- In- house training
- Online training
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Aspects to consider when identifying the best way to develop skills required:
- What is the cost of the training?
- What level of training needs to be carried out?
- What is the organisation’s Skills Development budget?
- How many employees need to be trained?
- Where will the training take place?
- Is the training venue accessible (for staff with disabilities)?
ATR – Annual Training Report
The ATR and WSP are submitted together. The ATR shows progress against your last WSP. The report reflects the education, training and development that were implemented in the previous year. Your ATR will assist you in identifying the success/ failure of your previous efforts, thus allowing you to identify areas which you can improve on in order to remain effective and competitive. Records of all education, training and development activities should be available to confirm the information given in the report.
Items to include in your ATR:
- The number of education, training and development activities conducted
- Attendance registers
- Proof of expenditure
- Training provider used
- The number of employees trained
- The occupational areas covered
- The learning methods that were used
- How much was spent on education, training and development activities
- Process used to develop the report
- Name of the Skills Development Facilitator
WSP and ATR planning, compilation, execution and grant applicaiton | Eskilz is highly experienced and qualified to assist employers with their WSP & ATR submissions. For more information firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0861 375459.