Are you a flooring installer?
Do you have a formal qualification?
TO RPL THE FLOORING INDUSTRY
Flooring Companies Combine Skills Development with Supplier or Enterprise development
Companies that succeed in combining the skills development and supplier development efforts can earn a total of 60 out of 105 points on the BBB-EE scorecard.
We are very pleased to have such a strong accredited training provider who will be working with us to provide skills development nationally. We aim to target flooring experts and provide them with much needed technical and practical certification.
In the face of a skills crisis, FITA’s mandate is to represent the flooring industry and officially facilitate accredited training.
Learnerships are of a specified nature, level and duration (usually one year) resulting in a nationally recognised qualification.
A learnership is a work based learning programme that leads to an NQF registered qualification.
Learnerships are directly related to an occupation or field of work such as the Flooring Industries Fitters.
Learnerships are managed by the Construction Education Training Authority (CETA) and the Flooring Industry Training Association (FITA).
What are the benefits for learners?
- Better employment opportunities after completing a learnership;
- You have a fixed-term employment contract for the duration of the learnership;
- Learnerships improve on the job performance so you are able to do tasks relevant to the job;
- You obtain a nationally-recognised qualification that is relevant to the sector; and
- You earn a learner allowance for the duration of the learnership. That varies from one company to the next.
What are the benefits of learnerships to employers?
- Learnerships are developed by the industry for the industry, in consultation with all relevant stakeholders, so the learning programme and qualification of the Learners are relevant to the specific occupation.
- Learnerships create an opportunity for companies to collaborate with training providers to customise learning programmes to meet specific workplace needs.
- Learnerships improved skills and work performance. Because employees will be acquiring new knowledge and skills and applying these in the workplace, companies will be raising the skills levels of employees while improving work performance.
- Productivity improvement as employees will have the skills and knowledge required.
- Less supervision time because employees have been exposed to the work environment and understands the processes already.
- Employees will see the learnership as an investment in their future, and they will be more likely to give back to the organization by being loyal and
- As training programmes that combine theory and relevant practical elements, Learnerships create skilled people who
- By entering into a learnership with unemployed people, companies contribute to South Africa’s competitiveness.
- Employers will be able to select employees from a wider pool of appropriately qualified workers who have developed skills that are relevant to the company’s specific work context.
- The Government offers tax incentives to companies entering into learnerships and the SETA’s offer grants.
Increased grant disbursements from Skills Levy contributions. Many SETAs offer Learnership grants ranging from R 1 500 – R 40 000 per learner. However the grants are subject to availability and are offered on a first come, first serve basis on the condition that the Learnership address a scarce skills in the sector, so you will need to plan ahead and get your grant application in to the SETA as early as possible to stand a chance of getting the additional help.
- Tax Incentives: SARS offers companies tax incentives for participating in Learnerships. In addition to claiming Learnership Discretionary grants from a SETA, an employer can also claim a tax incentive when an employer registers a Learnership agreement with a SETA.
- If a learner goes to another employer while he is still doing his Learnership and the Learnership is carried on, linked to that employer’s trade, the new employer claims the Learnership for the rest of the year. The calculation thereof can be advised by the SETA.
- Skills development has become such an important aspect of the B-BBEE scorecard.
- Companies can earn BEE points for learnerships.
You can claim eight points if you invest 6% of your payroll on training Black people. That used to be 3%. If you engage 2.5% of your employees in learnerships and internships you can earn four points; and then gain another four points if 2.5% of your workforce is made up of Black unemployed learners. Then there’s an additional five points to be claimed if you are able to employ those unemployed learners at the end of their learnerships programme. So, it’s really important to invest wisely in relevant and quality learnerships that result in the development of specific skills to the level that would be an advantage to your company.”
In these times, when both talent management and BBBEE levels are so crucial to business, you have a fantastic opportunity through learnerships to groom unemployed people for potential recruitment within your organisation.”
Investing in learnerships also provides companies with opportunities to capitalise on various reimbursements, grants and tax rebates. For instance, employers who pay the skills development levy to SARS, who are registered with their SETA and submit their WSP and Annual Training Report each year, do qualify for further reimbursements on their SDL spend which can be used towards the cost of the training.
Recognition of prior learning means the comparison of the previous learning and experience of a learner howsoever obtained against the learning outcomes required for a specified qualification, and the acceptance for purposes of qualification of that which meets the requirements.
This means that regardless of where, when or how a person achieved the learning, if such learning meets the requirements of a unit standard or a qualification (or part thereof), it could be recognised for credits. In this sense, RPL is an important principle of the NQF. RPL also involves an assessment process of preparing for RPL, engaging with RPL candidates, gathering evidence, judging evidence, giving feedback and reporting results.
Skills and knowledge can be acquired by means of various informal learning opportunities, for example:
- informal training
- on-the-job experience
- life experience
- short courses
Please note that RPL does NOT give credit based on previously completed studies at other institutions.
The process of RPL applied is:
- Identifying what a person knows and can do;
- Matching the person’s knowledge, skills and experience to specific standards and the associated assessment criteria of a qualification;
- Assessing the learning against those standards; and
- Crediting the person for skills, knowledge and experience built up through formal, informal and non-formal learning that occurred in the past
In practice what this means is that a learner or an employee’s non-traditional or non-formal experience and learning can be recognised.
What are the benefits of doing RPL?
We assist and support learners and individuals with RPL services in respective fields of learning. CAD4ALL Career and Design College offers opportunities to those learners who would like to:
- complete their qualifications
- return to learning
- have their formal, informal and non-formal learning, skills and competences recognised to enable progression in their career paths.
What are the employer benefits of doing RPL?
- recruit or promote staff and place them in appropriate positions and skills classifications
- undertake a skills audit of staff to determine the company’s training priorities and objectives
- comply with competency requirements of regulatory authorities
What are the employee benefits of doing RPL?
- demonstrate that you have the competence for a particular workplace position or industry classification to obtain a declaration that you have attained certain knowledge, skills and competencies
The Flooring Industry Training Association (FITA) is the official facilitator of accredited training for all flooring installers