Improve Your Workplace Skills Plan: Unique Services

We assist organisations with their workplace skills plan. Here's a great example of how to align workforce capabilities with business needs.

Creating an Effective Workplace Skills Plan.

Creating a Workplace Skills Plan for Workforce Development

Organizations implement skills planning and create a skills plan to align workforce capabilities with business needs.

The workplace skills plan includes research about the future of your sector.

It’s important to understand the technologies and production demands influencing workforce skills.

When you have a better idea of your current skill assets and what the future requires, it’s easier to set clear objectives for your skills development plan.

A skills development plan improves efficiency, competitiveness, and adaptability in a rapidly evolving market.

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What is Skills Planning?

Skills planning is about setting goals for human resource development, developing strategies, and outlining tasks and schedules to enable us to achieve those human resource development goals.

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The Benefits of Having a Workplace Skills Plan

Having a skills development plan offers numerous advantages for organizations:

1. Enhanced Workforce Productivity:

Tailored training improves employee skills, boosting productivity and efficiency.

Tailored training boosts employee skills, leading to improved efficiency and performance, ultimately enhancing overall productivity within the organization.

2. Competitive Advantage:

Skilled employees give an edge in the market, attracting clients and investors.

A skilled workforce sets the organization apart from competitors, attracting clients, investors, and top talent, thereby strengthening its position in the market.

3. Employee Satisfaction:

Training opportunities show investment in employees’ growth, increasing morale and retention.

Providing training opportunities demonstrates investment in employees’ growth and development, leading to higher job satisfaction, increased morale, and improved retention rates.

4. Adaptability to Change:

Regular upskilling improves readiness for industry shifts and technological advancements.

Regular upskilling ensures employees remain current with industry trends, technological advancements, and evolving market demands, enabling the organization to adapt swiftly to changes and stay ahead of the curve.

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5. Compliance and Quality:

Meeting industry standards through training ensures quality deliverables and regulatory compliance.

Meeting industry standards through comprehensive training ensures that employees possess the necessary knowledge and skills to deliver high-quality products or services.

This also improves regulatory compliance and enhances the organization’s reputation and credibility.

6. Cost Savings:

Reduced turnover and improved efficiency lead to long-term cost savings.

Investing in skills development reduces turnover rates, minimizes errors, and increases operational efficiency, resulting in long-term cost savings for the organization.

7. Innovation and Creativity:

A skilled workforce drives innovation and fosters a culture of continuous improvement.

A skilled workforce is more adept at problem-solving, generating new ideas, and driving innovation within the organization, fostering a culture of continuous improvement and creativity.

Services to Upgrade Your Workplace Skills Plan

Contact Leonie and start discussing how we can enhance your skills development plan.

Our range of services is designed to optimise your training initiatives and maximize the impact of your skills development programs.

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Here’s how we can help:

1. Customized Training Needs Assessment:

Conducting a comprehensive assessment to identify specific skill gaps and training needs within your organization.

2. Tailored Training Program Design:

Designing customized training programs tailored to address identified skill gaps and align with your organization’s strategic objectives.

3. Advanced Training Delivery Methods:

Leveraging innovative training delivery methods such as e-learning, virtual reality (VR), and augmented reality (AR) to enhance engagement and learning outcomes.

4. Expert Facilitation and Coaching:

Engaging experienced trainers and coaches to deliver high-impact training sessions and provide personalized guidance to learners.

5. Performance Measurement and Evaluation:

Implementing robust measurement and evaluation processes to assess the effectiveness of training programs and track learner progress.

6. Continuous Improvement Strategies:

Developing strategies for continuous improvement, including regular reviews, feedback mechanisms, and updates to training content and delivery methods.

7. Strategic Skills Development Consultation:

Providing strategic consultation to help you align your skills development initiatives with your organization’s overall goals and industry trends.

Upgrade your skills development plan with our comprehensive range of services and take your training initiatives to the next level.

Aligning the Workplace Skills Plan to Sector Needs

Each SETA develops a Sector Skills Plan (SSP) to identify the skills priorities within their sector.

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Services to Align to the Sector Skills Plan (SSP)

The SSP provides an overview of the skills gaps in the industry and outlines the interventions aimed at addressing these skills shortages.

The development and update of the SSP is prepared annually and is in accordance with the Skills Development Act requirements.

The SSP is developed to support:

  • National Development Plan (NDP)
  • White Paper on Post Schooling Education and Training (WP-PSET)
  • National Skills Development Plan (NSDP)
  • New Growth Path (NGP)
  • Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP)
  • National Integrated ICT Policy White Paper
  • Human Resources Development (HRD) Strategy

Services to Facilitate Workplace Skills Plan (WSP) Development:

A WSP is a document that articulates how the employer is planning to address the training and development needs in the workplace.

Organisations need to search for the best possible training solutions to invest in its staff’s career paths when implementing its annual skills development plan.

Keeping up to speed with industry trends and staying relevant is therefore pivotal when bridging gaps between organisations present realities, its skills development needs and employees’ career aspirations.

Skills development is very important in South Africa, especially in the long term.

Services to Facilitate Annual Training Reports (ATR):

An ATR is a record of training and development undertaken over the previous year in relation to what was planned.

Towards the end of each financial year, every organisation that submitted a WSP is required to submit an ATR that records training and development implemented.

Records of all education, training and development activities should be available to confirm the information in the report to the SETA.

Mandatory Grant Services


A Mandatory Grant is a grant paid to levy-paying employers.

To apply for a mandatory grant you must submit the following documents for approval:

  • Annual Training Reports (ATRs),
  • Workplace Skills Plans (WSPs), including PIVOTAL Training Plans (PTPs)
  • and PIVOTAL Training Reports (PTRs) where applicable.

Reach out to 7Sundays today to learn more about how we can support your organization’s growth and success.

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How to Create a Workplace Skills Plan: Step-by-Step Guide

1. Assessing Organizational Needs for the Workplace Skills Plan:

Begin by identifying the specific skills gaps and development areas within your organization.

Conduct surveys, interviews, and assessments to gather insights from employees and stakeholders.

2. Set Clear Objectives for the Workplace Skills Plan:

Define clear and measurable goals for your skills development plan. Determine the desired outcomes and how they align with the overall business objectives.

3. Designing Training Programs:

Develop customized training programs tailored to address the identified skill gaps.

Consider a blend of formal training, on-the-job learning, coaching, and mentoring to cater to diverse learning styles.

4. Allocate Resources for the Workplace Skills Plan:

Allocate resources such as budget, time, and personnel to support the implementation of the skills development plan.

Ensure adequate support from leadership and management.

5. Implementing the Workplace Skills Plan:

Roll out the training programs according to the planned schedule.

Communicate effectively with employees about the purpose, benefits, and expectations of the skills development initiatives.

6. Monitor and Evaluate the Workplace Skills Plan:

Continuously monitor the progress of the skills development plan.

Collect feedback from participants and stakeholders to assess effectiveness and make necessary adjustments.

7. Celebrate Workplace Skills Plan Success and Continuous Improvement:

Recognize achievements and milestones reached through skills development efforts.

Use insights gathered from evaluation to refine and improve future training initiatives.

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Example of a Workplace Skills Plan

Skills Development Plan for XYZ Software Solutions

1. Company Overview:

XYZ Software Solutions is a leading provider of innovative software solutions tailored for the mining and engineering sectors.

Our goal is to empower organizations in these industries with cutting-edge technology to optimize operations, enhance productivity, and drive sustainable growth.

2. Workplace Skills Plan Objectives:

  1. Equip employees with advanced technical skills related to software development, data analysis, and engineering principles.
  2. Enhance domain knowledge in mining and engineering to better understand client needs and industry challenges.
  3. Foster a culture of innovation, collaboration, and continuous learning within the organization.
  4. Ensure compliance with industry standards and best practices in software development and project management.

3. Workplace Skills Plan Initiatives:

3.1. Technical Training Programs:

  • Advanced software development workshops focusing on programming languages (e.g., Python, Java) and development frameworks.
  • Data analysis and visualization courses to enhance analytical capabilities and leverage data-driven insights.
  • Engineering fundamentals training covering topics such as geology, mining processes, and mechanical engineering principles.

3.2. Industry-Specific Workshops and Seminars:

  • Participation in mining and engineering conferences, seminars, and webinars to stay updated on industry trends, technologies, and regulations.
  • Collaboration with industry experts and academic institutions to develop customized training modules tailored to the specific needs of mining and engineering clients.

3.3. Cross-Functional Training Opportunities:

  • Rotation programs allowing employees to gain exposure to different departments within the organization, fostering a holistic understanding of software development, customer support, and project management.
  • Cross-training initiatives to encourage knowledge sharing and collaboration among software developers, engineers, and domain experts.

4. Certifications and Professional Development:

  • Encouraging employees to pursue relevant certifications such as Certified Software Development Professional (CSDP) or Project Management Professional (PMP) to validate their skills and expertise.
  • Providing access to online learning platforms and resources for continuous professional development in areas such as agile methodologies, software testing, and project management.

5. Measurement and Evaluation:

  1. Regular performance reviews and feedback sessions to assess the effectiveness of skills development initiatives and identify areas for improvement.
  2. Monitoring employee participation rates, completion rates, and certification achievements to track progress and measure the impact of training programs.
  3. Conducting surveys and interviews to gather feedback from employees regarding the relevance, effectiveness, and satisfaction with skills development initiatives.

6. Continuous Improvement:

  1. Reviewing and updating the skills development plan regularly to align with changing industry trends, technological advancements, and organizational goals.
  2. Soliciting input from employees, managers, and industry partners to identify emerging skill requirements and prioritize training needs accordingly.
  3. Emphasizing a culture of continuous learning and improvement, where employees are encouraged to take ownership of their development and contribute to the organization’s success.

By implementing this skills development plan, XYZ Software Solutions aims to ensure that its workforce remains skilled, adaptable, and well-equipped to meet the evolving needs of mining and engineering organizations, driving innovation and delivering value to clients.

What is a Skills Development Facilitator?

In an organization, a Skills Development Facilitator (SDF) plays a crucial role in training planning, execution, and reporting, especially concerning SETA-related obligations.

Who can be a Skills Development Facilitator?

In larger companies, an existing Training or HR Manager may assume the internal SDF position.

In smaller firms, where there’s no dedicated HR or training professional, the duty often falls to a manager or even the company owner.

Alternatively, organizations can outsource the role to an external SDF.

Functions of an SDF encompass several critical responsibilities:

  • Assisting in developing a workplace skills plan, ensuring alignment with SETA requirements.
  • Submitting the Workplace Skills Plan (WSP) to the relevant SETA.
  • Advising the employer on implementing the WSP effectively.
  • Aiding in drafting the Annual Training Report (ATR) to evaluate WSP implementation.
  • Providing guidance on quality assurance standards set by the SETA.
  • Acting as a liaison between the employer and the SETA.
  • Serving as a knowledgeable resource on all aspects of skills development.
  • Communicating SETA initiatives, grants, and benefits to the employer.
  • Disseminating information about SETA events and grants to branch offices and all employees in the main office.

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