Workplace Skills Plan (WSP) Season - Your Guide To A Successful Submission

Posted by Transcend
Tuesday, 24 April 2018  |  Comments

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It’s that time of year again, and we'd like to encourage all employers to submit their WSPs. Here’s what you need to know:

How to submit

Step 1: Not sure which SETA you are registered under?

  • Find your company ITR14 document
  • On page 2, take down the (Standard Industrial Classification) SIC Code
  • Find the list of SETAs and their SIC Codes
  • Locate the SETA number that links to your SIC Code

Step 2: Depending on the SETA that you are registered with, you will be asked to;

  • create an SDF profile
  • link the SDF details to the organisation
  • upload confirmation letter by the employer authorising the SDF to play this role
  • Once the SETA has approved this document, the SDF will be granted access to the organisational WSP/ATR portal

Step 3: Also depending on the SETA in question, the training year may be;

  • January 2017 to December 2017 (ATR, PTR) or January 2018 to December 2018 (WSP/PTP)
  • Or, April 2017 to March 2018 (ATR, PTR) and April 2018 to March 2019 (WSP/PTP)

Benefits of submitting

  • An opportunity to discover talent as well as skills that you did know you had in your business.
  • Improved succession planning for employees’ growth and development.
  • Seen as good corporate citizens in compliance with the Skills Development Act and the Skills Development Levies Act.
  • You are eligible to get back 20% of the Skills Development Levy you pay simply by submitting your WSPs and ATRs.
  • Have an opportunity to gain access to an additional 49.5% of the Levies I.e. Discretionary grants.

When you need to submit

When all have been completed and submitted successfully, you should be notified after the due date i.e. 30 April 2018, of any queries on your submission, and whether your WSP has been approved or declined.


When preparing for WSP submissions, it is very important that you have engaged in skills audit to establish existing skills gaps. This will also lead you to establishing the organisational critical and scarce skills.

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