How can WSP and ATR help identify and close skills gaps within your organisation

How can WSP and ATR help identify and close skills gaps within your organisation

A workplace skills plan is a detailed document that outlines the skills required by an organisation and identifies any gaps in those skills. The skills plan should consider the current skills of employees and their future training needs, as well as sector specific scares skills gap. The skills plan is an essential tool for HR managers and training committees, as it provides a blueprint for the development of training programs and career development plans for employees.

 

“The Skills Development Act, aims to expand the knowledge and competencies of the labour force, improve productivity, increase employment and eradicate inequality in society” Teboho Motsoane.

 

In order to develop a skills plan we need to conduct a skills audit of the organisation first. A skills audit involves assessing employees’ current skills against the skills required for their roles. This can be done through interviews, surveys, and performance appraisals and will help identify gaps in employees’ skills and highlight the areas where training is required.

 

Once skills gaps have been identified, these gaps are then translated into a training plan. The training plan should be based on the skills plan, should address the identified skills gaps and should be designed to meet the organisations’ and its employees’ specific needs and factor in sector specific skill requirements. It is important that training committees meet on a quarterly basis to discuss implementing changes into the plan if needed to due to current conditions in the working environment and operating sector at that time.

 

An actual training report (ATR) is an essential tool for measuring the effectiveness of training programs. The ATR reports on the actual training that was concluded in line with what training that was planned in the WSP.

 

The ATR assists in identifying whether the training program has successfully addressed the skills gaps identified in the skills plan. It can also highlight any areas where further training may be required. The report should be used to inform future training programs and to ensure that the organisation’s training needs are being met.

 

The WSP/ATR tool assists in creating opportunity for employees to obtain the skills required to remain competitive and can contribute to an organisation’s success.

 

Develop integrated learning pathways for your employees that will enhance employee engagement and organisational effectiveness with Siyakha’s expert assistance in crafting and submitting a WSP and ATR.

 

Contact us on 011 706 9006 or via email on sune.marais@siyakha.co.za to ensure that you get the best fit solution for your organisation through our specialised process and experienced team.

The Importance of Continuous Learning: Why Your Organisation Can’t Afford to Stand Still

The Importance of Continuous Learning: Why Your Organisation Can’t Afford to Stand Still

“A happy life is one spent in learning, earning and yearning” – Lillian Gish.


Continuous learning is described by Wesley Chai as the ongoing expansion of knowledge and skill sets and is often used in the context of professional development.

Continuous learning in the workplace can be described as developing new skills and knowledge while reinforcing what has been previously learned. Learning is a never-ending process and is crucial for growth. As a working professional, partaking in continuous learning paves the way toward success, not only for yourself but also for the development and growth of the organisation.

The world is forever changing and evolving; therefore, organisations must stay up to date with skills and knowledge trends to remain competitive and continue to thrive. Individual learning plans should be seen as a tool to assist organisations in adapting to new trends and changes in the world of work.  Learning in any organisation should never stop. It should be a continuous process, one that organisations are heavily invested in.

The need for continuous learning and development is a global phenomenon. The 2022 Workplace Learning and Development Trends Research Report indicated that “74% of employees say they are more likely to stay with a company that offers continuous training”. Identifying the right training programs and developing structured learning pathways will assist individuals fulfill their potential. This should result in loyalty from employees and reduce employee attrition.

The importance of learning and development has also been recognised by the South African Government. Several legislative measures are in place to support and ensure that learning takes place in the South African working environment. They include the Skills Development Act and the requirement to submit annual training reports (ATRs) and workplace skills plans (WSPs) to the relevant SETAs.

Continuous learning is not instilled in the short term. It is a medium- to long-term goal that requires buy-in, commitment and planning from various organisational stakeholders. Successful implementation can create infinite exploration possibilities for individuals and return on investment for organisations. It results in the ability to connect with others in a team, to learn from each other and, in so doing, build a platform for collaboration and discussion. These touch points create opportunities to change and adapt, and increase resilience in ourselves and our organisations to meet whatever challenges and opportunities may come.

“We can’t predict how our careers will develop or what the world of work will look like in the future. Investing in our ability to learn, unlearn, and relearn helps us increase our readiness for the opportunities that change presents and our resilience to the inevitable challenges we’ll experience along the way.”

Harvard Business Review, 2021

Revitalise your workforce and improve your organisational effectiveness with Siyakha’s expert assistance in reviewing and enhancing your ‘people’ strategy through our specialised WSP and ATR process.

Sune Marais

E:sune.marais@siyakha.co.za | T: 011 706 9006

25 years making development happen

25 years making development happen

Siyakha is celebrating 25 years this year, in delivering solutions to our clients. Our team is focused, more than ever, on making development happen. Through the work that we do in fund-raising and growth, our consulting work to develop solutions and our development teams who are on the ground, driving change, we have never been more aware of the need for all of us to be a part of the solution.

 

The Siyakha Impact Trust© and the Siyakha Development Trust© are both vehicles that allow our clients to make contributions to SED and/or ESD respectively, allowing these Trusts as 3rd party providers, to then deliver programmes in the 12 months ahead.

 

Our FabLab© programme is there to support digital SMMEs. Our YOWZA!© platform provides comprehensive support to SMMEs through online learning, funding support, coaching, access to opportunities, an SMME marketplace and much more.

 

Our Project Hope© initiative provides employment, learning and development for unemployed mothers in townships.

 

We are working to raise funding for more than 11 000 initiatives, programmes, SMMEs, NGOs and registered charities across South Africa in a multitude of disciplines including forAfrika, a feeding scheme and Pothole Patrol, extrusion processes for environmental and food certainty, to name, but a few.

 

If you are grappling with how to build a strategy for Sustainability, submit ESG reports, need to rethink B-BBEE to make commercial sense, have Skills Development, Socio-Economic development or ESD spend that is not yet utilised, talk to our team so that we can ensure that you have the right solution that has maximum impact and measurable results.

 

Suzaan Bezuidenhout

E:suzaan.bezuidenhout@siyakha.co.za

T:011 706 9006

Digital Platforms for SMMEs

Digital Platforms for SMMEs

What to look for in an online platform

Starting and running a small business can be daunting. But, in a world where access to information and learning is at the fingertips of almost everyone, help is always at hand. We look at how to identify the best online platforms for your small business to learn and grow. There are certain key features that any portal to SMME success should have.

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Connection

Perhaps the most important attribute of an online platform for SMMEs is a networking platform. Similar to a social media feed such as Facebook or Instagram, the networking feature allows you to post ideas, chat with other business owners and share your thoughts on topical issues. Connecting with fellow entrepreneurs is vital. Support, learnings, networking opportunities, and potential business are just a scroll away.

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Marketplace

Perhaps the most important attribute of an online platform for SMMEs is a networking platform. Similar to a social media feed such as Facebook or Instagram, the networking feature allows you to post ideas, chat with other business owners and share your thoughts on topical issues. Connecting with fellow entrepreneurs is vital. Support, learnings, networking opportunities, and potential business are just a scroll away.

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Learning Management System

Continuous learning is half the fun of owning an SMME. An online environment where you can find a coach, download tutorials, engage with experienced mentors and access thought leadership articles can be a rich and exciting world for business owners. Whether you need an in-depth course in marketing or a quick refresher on HR, the platform should give you everything you need to expand your knowledge and maintain your expertise.

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Funding

Which small business hasn’t been through the intense and sometimes demoralising process of accessing finance? Reputable online platforms will provide you with the opportunity to find and connect with the right funders. They may even provide you with a self-assessment tool so that you can make sure that you are funding-ready before approaching a potential sponsor.

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News

Keeping your finger on the pulse of the business world is essential when operating your own business. Whether it’s a blog about customer loyalty programmes, an announcement about a new protection of personal information act or an article about tender fraud, the platform should provide you with important and interesting content on a regular basis.

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Events

Events are important tools for distributing information, connecting with like-minded people, and learning from experts. Webinars, conferences, product launches and summits, whether virtual or hybrid, are all accessible on a good online platform. And who knows, now that things are opening up, you might even see an invitation pop up on your online platform for a live event with actual snacks!

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Opportunities

It can be difficult and time-consuming to find appropriate business opportunities. Trawling through tender sites, flipping through newspapers, and scrolling through Google searches can all take a significant bite out of your time. A platform that provides you with access to a single space where all opportunities are advertised is a vital aspect of a good SMME portal.

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Resources

Paperwork, paperwork, paperwork… it can be the make or break of your business. Templates for business plans, contracts, leave forms, balance sheets and so much more should be provided on your chosen portal and should be consistent in appearance and quality, and easily customisable.

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Added extras

Additional features such as chatbots or online coaches are an added bonus and can make your learning, connecting and working experiences easier, more effective and even a little bit more fun!

With all these informative and supportive functionalities, an excellent online portal for your business will take you closer to the dream that you have for your SMME, allowing you to pick and choose what you use, who you connect with and how much you learn.

The success of your business might be entirely on your shoulders, but a good digital platform has got your back!