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Learnership Regulations

The regulations that govern the implementation of Learnerships are the following:

1. Skills Development Act (No 97 of 1998)
The Skills Development Act No 97 of 1998 was passed in order to develop and improve the skills of people in the workplace. The Act does the following:
  • provides a framework for the development of skills of people at work
  • builds these development plans/strategies into the National Qualifications Framework
  • provides for learnerships that lead to recognised occupational qualifications provides for the financing of skills development by means of a levy-grant scheme and a National Skills Fund More information on this act is available on www.dhet.gov.za

2. Skills Development Levy Act (No9 of 1999)
This Act regulates a compulsory levy scheme to fund education and training in businesses within various sectors in South Africa. It aims to expand the knowledge and competencies of the labour force and in so doing increase the supply of skilled labour in South Africa, providing for greater productivity and employability.

The criteria currently used for employers to become eligible to pay Skills Levies. If the company has staff registered for PAYE and the annual payroll exceeds R500 000 per annum, the company must register with SARS and pay a skills levy of 1% of the monthly payroll. If the company does not fall within these criteria, it does not have to pay levies or register with SARS. More information on this act is available on www.dhet.gov.za

3. Sectoral Determination Act 75 of 1997 in Learnerships
This Act outlines guide and directive on how to provide basic conditions of employment for learners in Learnership in relation to signing of contract of employment, funding of learnerships and the allowance granted to learners on Learnership. For more information please go to www.labour.gov.za

4. Public Management Finance Act
To regulate financial management in the national government, provincial governments and government organisations like MICT Seta to ensure that all revenue, expenditure, assets and liabilities of those governments are managed efficiently and effectively; to provide for the responsibility of persons entrusted with financial management in those organisations or departments; to provide for matters connected therewith. The Accounting Officer as agreed, reports to DHET on a regular basis on matters of relevance. On a formal basis, monthly and quarterly reports are submitted to the executive authority. For more information please go to www.dhet.gov.za

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