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Use learnerships to up your company's BEE scorecard

by , 20 February 2013
'The Department of Trade and Industry is planning measures to incentivise manufacturers to enter into black economic empowerment (BEE) deals, acting director-general Garth Strachan told Parliament.' This is according to an article published by the Business Day earlier this week. The reason? According to Strachan, the sector hasn't done enough to implement BEE measures in the industry. If your company isn't part of the manufacturing sector, it doesn't mean you don't have to implement plans to up your BEE scorecard. Here's one easy way to do just that.

'From the time of inception, broad-based black economic empowerment and employment equity legislation were put in place to drive meaningful transformation in a changing South African business environment,' says an article on skillsportal.co.za.
Skills development is one of the key features of the BEE Act. But skill development doesn't only apply to your employees, you can also empower the industry by introducing skills development learnerships at work.
And the best part is, these learnerships will help you with your BEE scorecard.
Use learnerships to help you to achieve BEE status
'The Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) Codes have specified skills development as one of the elements of the pillar of human resource development,' explains the Practical Guide to Human Resources Management.
'Skills development contributes 20 points to the scorecard. These points are split between the level of investment in skills development as a percentage of payroll, as well as people employed through learnerships and internships,' the guide explains.
But before you set up a learnership in your company to enhance your BEE scorecard make sure it complies with these six criteria.
Fulfil these six learnership criteria if you're looking for a boost in your BEE score
According to the Practical Guide to Human Resources Management, your company's learnership programme must:
  1. Consist of a structured learning component;
  2. Include practical work experience;
  3. Be registered through a SETA;
  4. Be governed by a learnership agreement;
  5. Lead to a SAQA NQF registered qualification; and
  6. Relate to an occupation.
If it meets these criteria, you can use your company's learnership programme to add an additional 20 points to your BEE scorecard as well as ensure you have a handful of well-trained recruits to pick from when hiring.

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