SDF Services

Does your organisation enjoy the full range of benefits available, from employee development to succession planning as well as the financial incentives made available by seta?​ Do you have the time available to understand, compile and submit all required documentation in order to claim benefits available to your company by seta?​ We specialise in sdf services for companies just like yours!​If your business is registered with the SETA then you need to be talking to us!

Skills Development Services (SDF) Services

We HELP our clients focus on their core activities while we take care of their SDF requirements

by taking full advantage of all Benefits made available by SETA.

We believe in a holistic approach to Skills Development ensuring that learners grow through our various training interventions while exceeding organisational business requirements. 

The Skills Development Act and Skills Development Levies Act, require that all organisations with an annual payroll of R500 000 or more must register with their relevant SETA for Skills Development Levies (SDL) and are required to submit a Skills Plan to the SETA each year.

Artem Training’s SDF services include:

  • Appointment of a suitably qualified Skills Development Facilitator who will represent your organisation
  • Development of a company specific system that will track and report on learner’s progress, alternatively we will manage this function for your business.
  • Compiling your organisation’s Workplace Skills Plan (WSP), Annual Training Report (ATR); Pivotal plan and report for submission to the SETA (Sector Education and Training Authority)
  • Comprehensive Skills Audits
  • Identifying and prioritisation of your business training requirements in line with your business plan and strategic objectives
  • Source suitable, effective training courses, where required these courses will be customised to meet your business requirements
  • Assist in aligning Skills Development activities with B-BBEE (Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment) requirements
  • Establishing and facilitating meetings of your organisation’s Training and Skills Development Committee
  • Development of strategies that will nurture a learning culture in your organisation
  • SETA transfers
  • Submission of claims for payment, Discretionary and Mandatory grants (ATR)
  • Deal with all SETA related matters on behalf of your organisation


Skills development grants and rebates explained:

There are several ways to benefit from grants and tax rebates for skills development. 

Mandatory Grant:

To qualify for a mandatory grant equal to 20% of the skills levy paid, a company must appoint a Skills Development Facilitator (SDF), complete an Annual Training Report (ATR) with all training provided to staff during the reporting period and a Workplace Skills Plan (WSP) – indicating the planned training for the coming reporting period.  The WSP and ATR must be submitted to the relevant Sector Education and Training Authority (SETA) by 30 April every year. A SETA will only pay out a company’s mandatory grant if the eligibility criteria for payment of mandatory grants are met. These criteria are:

  • Be registered in terms of the Skills Development Levies Act.
  • Has paid the levies as required by the SDLA.
  • All levy payments are up to date at the time of the approval and for the reporting period.
  • The WSP and ATR are submitted by the required deadline.
  • The WSP for the previous reporting period has been submitted and implemented according to the prescriptions for implementation by the SETA.
  • Any company who has a recognition agreement with a trade union or has any union in place will have to provide proof that the WSP and ATR have been subject to consultation with recognized trade unions and the WSP and ATR must be signed off by the majority union.

Discretionary Grant:

To qualify for a discretionary grant equal to 49.5% of the skills levy paid, a company must keep proper records of all its PIVOTAL programs that include learnerships, work integrated learning, internships, bursaries, and skills programs. These records and the ATR and WSP must be submitted before the submission deadline, and the company’s skills development levy must be paid in full and up to date, to be taken into consideration for a discretionary grant.

Tax Rebates:

A company can claim an annual learnership allowance from the South Africa Revenue Service. To qualify for the allowance, the learnership agreement must be registered in accordance with the SDA and entered into before a certain date. The allowances are categorised as follows:

  • For a learner who holds an NQF 1-6 qualification: R40,000
  • For a learner who holds an NQF 7-10: R20,000
  • For a learner with a disability who holds an NQF 1-6 qualification: R60,000
  • For a learner with a disability who holds an NQF 7-10 qualification: R50,000

Note: These allowances only apply as annual and completion allowances.

So if you would like to free up your time, ensure the future competence of your team, build a solid succession plan and take advantage of financial benefits made available by SETA then schedule a no-obligation consultation today.

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