Every module is available ‘straight’ or with ‘credits’ towards a formal qualification

Your SETA Skills Plan

YourBrand™ has been specially designed to be delivered straight – as standard workshops – or with credits towards a formal qualification.

Each module has been aligned to unit standards that form part of the National Certificate in General Management (NQF Level 5): the qualification that covers the skills and behaviours required for effective personal, team, leadership, and organisational growth.

And, as we’re a SETA accredited training provider, you’re not only able to claim 100% of your spend with us towards the Skills Development portion of your BEE scorecard, you can also apply for discretionary and PIVOTAL grants for any credit‑bearing programme we develop for you!

Your Skills Levy

Every company with an annual salary bill of R500,000 or more pays 1% of their salary bill as a Skills Development Levy, paid monthly to SARS together with PAYE and UIF contributions.1

The Skills Development Levy is then is distributed to the various SETAs (Sector Education and Training Authorities) to promote learning, development and growth of employee skills in their area of accountability.

10.5% of the levies paid are used to cover SETA administration costs and 20% is allocated to the National Skills Development Fund (for National, rather than sector-specific skills development initiatives).2

The remaining 69.5% is available to fund employee skills development: 20% as Mandatory Grants; 49.5% Discretionary Funding.

Mandatory Grants

To receive the mandatory rebate, companies need to:

  • Have a qualified Skills Development Facilitator (internal or external) to analyse the needs of the organisation, develop and draw up a suitable skills development plan, and ensure that it’s followed and properly administrated
  • Submit a Workplace Skills Plan (WSP) that describes the training and skills development priorities and strategy for the forthcoming year
  • Submit an Annual Training Report (ATR) that reports delivery against the plan for the year

If the SETA is happy with the submission and all correct SDLs have been received, a Mandatory Grant of 20% is paid on a quarterly basis.2

Discretionary Funding

In addition to the 20% mandatory rebate, employers can also benefit from discretionary grants by implementing PIVOTAL training programmes – Professional, Vocational, Technical and Academic – that result in occupational qualifications or part qualifications (unit standards from the same qualification) on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF).2

The aim is to provide funding for programmes that address scarce and critical skills needs. This includes management and leadership development.

Whilst the details differ by SETA, we developed YourBrand™ aligned to NQF unit standards from the National Certificate in General Management, to be delivered as a PIVOTAL skills development programme.

Skills Development & B-BBEE

The revised B-BBEE codes set in 2015 placed more emphasis on skills development, making it a priority element on the B-BBEE Scorecard.3<s/up>

The generic scorecard allocates 20 points – and 5 bonus points – to skills development, requiring a spend of 6% of leviable payroll to achieve maximum score.*

Companies need to provide targeted training, with
a maximum of 15% of total expenditure on internal and/or non-accredited courses.

There’s also a cap of 15% on training expenses, such as accommodation, catering, and travel.

The focus of skills development needs to be on accredited skills programmes: training that delivers credits towards a SAQA recognised qualification.

And, if companies don’t achieve a threshold of 40% – 8 points – they will be penalised by a drop of one level on their scorecard.

But, rather than considering skills development as merely compliance, the opportunity is to ensure that training always delivers to the bottom line.

As an accredited skills programme, YourBrand™ complies with all the skills development requirements of the B-BBEE scorecard.

YourBrand™ also:

  • Proactively develops the skills required to deliver increased business performance and profit
  • Provides a ladder of development that creates career paths, and facilitates career management and succession planning
  • Drives employee engagement and retention
  • Enables cost-effective implementation to increase return on investment

Your Complete Solution

With over 20 modules aligned to NQF unit standards from the National Certificate in General Management, YourBrand™ has been designed as a complete solution to skills development planning.

  • Modular framework enables complete flexibility in planning and implementation
  • All modules underpinned by the Insights Discovery learning system to optimise the learning experience
  • Unique, brand-specific approach, that delivers a highly contextualised skills development programme with no development costs
  • Simple and transparent costing structure to facilitate the skills planning process
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  1. Skills Development Levy (
  2. Skills Development Act (
  3. B-BBEE Act (

*3% for SMEs (annual turnover R10m – R50m). SMEs also only need to comply with at least two of the five priority elements.

Steve AndrewsSETA Accredited