The TETA SME support strategy is only applicable to small and micro enterprises registered with TETA (and hereinafter referred to as SMEs). It aims to:
- To retain the participation of those SME organisations already involved in skills development
- To attract, through targeted interventions, non-participating organisations to become involved in skills development.
TETA targets and objectives arise from the national skills development strategy (NSDS) and are summarised as follows:
Promoting and accelerating quality training for all in the workplace.
By March 2010 skills development in at least 40% of small levy paying firms supported and the impact of support measured.
Annually increasing number of small BEE firms and BEE co-operatives
supported by skills development.
Promoting employability and sustainable livelihoods through skills development.
By March 2010, at least 2000 non-levy paying enterprises, Non-governmental Organisations (NGOs), Community Based Organisations (CBOs) and community-based co-operatives supported by skills development.
The following organisations may apply for support under this strategy:
- SME: Small & Micro Enterprises employing less than 50 employees.
- Non-Levy Paying Enterprises (NLP): Organisations exempt from paying skills development levies and employing less than 50 employees.
- BEE organisations: Black owned organisations (as outlined in the Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment Codes of Good Practice) employing less than 50 employees.
The following criteria will be applied in evaluating applications:
- The applicant meets the qualifying criteria.
- The applicant’s core business is transport-related.
- The applicant does not participate in the SETA Levy Grant System. Planned training must either be unit standard based (e.g. skills programs) or regulated (as contained in the current signed Memorandum of Understanding between TETA and the regulatory authorities e.g. SAMSA, CAA) and the training provider accredited by the relevant authority.
- The training intervention addresses the critical and / or scarce skills of the transport sector.
Applicants may submit multiple applications but funding will not exceed R15.000.00 per annum per company.
The success of the application will be based on budget availability.
The application should be made on the SME template provided by TETA and may be faxed, emailed or hand delivered to the chamber to which the applicant is affiliated.
TETA will process applications on a monthly basis and all applications received on or before the 25th of a given month will be processed in the month in question; notice of approval (or rejection) will be made by the 7th day of the following month.
Upon approval of the application, TETA will provide the applicant with a Confirmation of Approval. This will specify the disbursement obligations, which may be made once off (i.e. on completion of the training) or made in two phases (i.e. 50% payable when learners register and the remainder on completion of the training).
Training must be completed within 12 months and no extension or addendum will be entered into.
TETA is measured on the NSDS equity targets (i.e. 85% black, 54% women and 4% disabled employees to be trained) - applicants are urged to give similar consideration to their applications.