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QCTO Code of Conduct for Development Quality Partners (DQP) and Assessment Quality Partners (AQP)

The QCTO Code of Conduct for Development Quality Partners (DQP) and Assessment Quality Partners (AQP) We, the undersigned, wish to be appointed by the QCTO as a DQP/AQP. We agree that, if the QCTO delegates such functions to us, we hereby commit ourselves to abide by the QCTO’s Code of Conduct in relation to all our work. The Code of Conduct to which we agree is as follows: i.      promoting the objectives of the NQF; ii.      dealing   fairly,   professionally   and   equitably   with   stakeholders   whilst accelerating the redress of past unfair discrimination; iii.      consulting  with  all  relevant  stakeholders  that  have  an  interest  in  the development and assessment of occupational qualifica[...]

2013

Seta Mandatory & Discretionary grant regulations declared invalid 21st Aug. 2015

On 3 December 2012, the SETA Grant Regulations were gazetted (Government Gazette no. 35940). These come into effect on 1 April 2013. There were many major substantial changes in the new regulations and these may have serious implications for skills development in our country.

Some of the main changes were:

  1. That the mandatory grant to employers is reduced from 50% to 20%.
  2. Any unclaimed mandatory grants must be transferred by the 15 August each financial year into the discretionary fund.
  3. Discretionary grants will mainly be paid for programmes offered by public FET colleges and universities.

As a result‚ these funds could be spent on national skills initiatives that were not related to workplace training.

Labour Court has set aside certain aspects of the 2012 Seta Grant Regulations‚ declaring them invalid!

The Labour Court’s judgment on Friday 21st of August 2015 declared both regulations to be invalid‚ and it set them aside with effect from March 31 2016.

The court found that Mr Nzimande had failed to consult the National Skills Authority as required by law.

The court also ruled that the minister had acted irrationally by reducing the mandatory grant to employers as set out in the Skills Development Act. The minister had exceeded his powers by prescribing that surplus Seta funds be moved to the National Skills Fund.

The minister was ordered to pay all costs of the application, and Seta’s now have a period of about six months to prepare for the return to the previous skills-funding regime effective in March 2016.

Busa said on Monday it viewed the judgment as a significant decision that reinforced the rule of law and that reasserted the importance of workplace skills training programmes in SA.

Amended BEE Codes – October 2013

EconoBEE is giving a cautious welcome to the new BEE codes which were gazetted by the dti minister, Dr Rob Davies on 11th October 2013. The codes will replace the existing BEE codes of Good Practice and must be followed within a year.

The codes contain a mixture of good aspects and some complexities:

They are fairly similar to the existing codes, although some weightings and names of some elements have been changed.

Instead of 7 elements, we now use 5. However they still contain mostly the same indicators as before.

The 5 elements are:

Ownership:
This has not changed significantly. The targets are still 25%, and weighting is 25 points. We are encouraged that there are some clarifications around how to score points.

Management Control:
The codes previously included 2 elements: management control and employment equity. Both elements have been consolidated into a single element, but with substantially the same indicators. Previously management control and employment equity were worth 29 points combined. The new combined element is only worth 19 points. In recent years employment equity has improved dramatically. Points are the incentive to businesses to become compliant. By dropping the points available and making the weightings more onerous could rebound in that companies may make less effort in this important activity.

Skills Development:
Skills has increased from 15 points to 25 showing the importance of skills development in the economy. Some targets have increased: Target spend is now 6% of payroll, instead of 3%, but more points can be earned than ever before and we see this as a positive move.

Enterprise and Supplier Development:
The current codes speak of two elements: Preferential Procurement and also Enterprise Development. The new element Enterprise and Supplier Development (E and SD) is a simple combination of both elements. The two previously were worth 35 points. This has now increased to 44 points. A slight concern is it is now more difficult to reach targets on procurement in that the minister has defined “empowering suppliers” which is a more complex definition than having a simple recognition level. It implies that even if a company does reach a compliant level, it may not be sufficient to help its customers earn BEE points. The whole driver behind BEE compliance is that a company asks its suppliers for BEE certificates in order to earn points and therefore companies obtain certificates to satisfy their customers. If a company cannot meet the requirement of being an “empowering supplier”, even if it can reach a BEE level, it may discourage that company from continuing its transformation journey.

One of the indicators on the new element E and SD is for a company to spend 40% of its procurement from empowering suppliers that are at least 51% black owned. We know that there is a distinct lack of black industrialists and this target is going to be very difficult to achieve. Clever businesses will start the process now of identifying black businesses who can supply substantial values of goods and services. Since the new codes give a one year transitional period, there is not too much time. From a black industrialist’s viewpoint, this is an excellent opportunity to grow his business. If procurement works, BEE will pretty much have succeeded.

Socio-economic Development:
The last of the five elements is unchanged at 5 points.

Read more…
http://forum.trainyoucan.com/amended-bee-codes-october-2013/