Use learnerships to up your company's BEE scorecard
'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
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
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.
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
According to the Practical Guide to Human Resources Management,
your company's learnership
Consist of a structured learning component;
Include practical work experience;
Be registered through a SETA;
Be governed by a learnership agreement;
Lead to a SAQA NQF registered qualification; and
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.