Kundiza is a Level 4 BEE company, with certification available to this effect. Our training falls under either Category F or G training, depending on your interpretation of the training descriptions.
Kundiza Accreditation Status
Kundiza is committed to delivering the highest standards and quality of training in all its training courses. Kundiza’s MD, Lisa Gordon-Davis, is the former Theta Chamber Manager for Hospitality, Gaming and Lotteries. As a result of this, Kundiza is fully conversant with the Theta system and is totally committed to quality training delivery.
Accreditation of Certificate in Environmental Awareness
The training focus of Kundiza courses is on capacitating operational staff in the tourism industry with specific knowledge and skills related to Environmental Awareness. This is a critical new area of tourism management, and is a relatively new field of application of the tourism body of knowledge.
As a direct consequence of this being a new learning area, there are as yet no Unit Standards registered on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) in this field.
For further clarification on this issue, please do not hesitate to contact Kundiza personally.
Theta Accreditation Guidelines
In its document, “Accreditation Information Brochure” Theta clearly specifies the legal background for accreditation of training providers:
“In terms of the Skills Development Act and ETQA Regulations 1127 of 1998 (Reg.9.(1)(a) a SETA shall “accredit constituent providers for specific standards and qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework”
Theta further provides the official definitions of a ‘provider’ from the ETQA regulations: “a body which delivers learning programmes which culminate in specified National Qualifications Framework standards or qualifications and manage assessment thereof”.
As a result of this, Kundiza is currently not in a position to deliver accredited training for the following reasons:
- There are no relevant qualifications currently registered on the NQF
- Accreditation is required only if certification is requested against a qualification or national standard
- Kundiza is not in the position to assess competence of learners as unit standards of competence do not exist.
In addition, Theta does not have a system for programme endorsement, so Kundiza is unfortunately unable to apply to Theta for any form of programme approval.
Theta Grant and Levy Requirements
Kundiza would like to draw your attention to the following to assure our clients of certification and for claiming training grants from Theta:
- Kundiza will issue Certificates of Attendance to delegates who complete our training programmes.
- Employers may still claim training grants from Theta in terms of Criteria and Guidelines for Short Courses and Skills Programmes: SAQA pg 9. It is not compulsory for training to be accredited to qualify for the training grant from Theta. Grants are paid for training that is planned in the Workplace Skills Plan and reported on in the Annual Training Report of employers who contribute to Skills Development Levies collected.
Non-accreditation in no way affects an employer from claiming training grants from Theta, provided that all Theta reporting conditions in the Annual Training Report are complied with.
“All the training that has been done is recognised, even if it is not accredited as long as it is being done by qualified people. When you report back we will need the attendance registers for those people”. Abigail Shabangu, Levies & Grants Co-Ordinator, Theta
Workplace Skills Plans
A Workplace Skills Plan is a plan – approved by THETA – that outlines the training and development for an organisation for one year.
A Workplace Skills Plan (WSP) requires information on, amongst other things:
- the number of people trained in the organisation by job type and race;
- the organisation’s strategic priorities for skills development;
- the training and education needed to ensure the development of the business and employees;
- details of the education and training needed to achieve these priorities – including proposed training interventions, estimated costs, specific job types and whether interventions will be conducted by external training providers or the organisations themselves;
- information regarding employment equity in the organisation.
There is no requirement for proof of accreditation of training as Theta does not expect this. The Implementation Grant – paid as a percentage of the levy paid by the organisation to THETA – will be paid to organisations who show that they have implemented plans identified in their Workplace Skills Plan, irrespective of whether training delivered is accredited or not.
Implementing and Reporting on the Workplace Skills Plan
Organisations should keep records of all the training, activities, assessment and/or development initiatives implemented according to the WSP in preparation for preparing implementation report(s) for the reporting period. Organisations must submit an Implementation Report, with supporting documentation, to qualify for mandatory grants in the following scheme year.
Supporting documentation / evidence of implementation of the Workplace Skills Plan
Evidence in support of the implementation of the Workplace Skills Plan is required to be submitted to THETA. Examples of suitable supporting evidence include:
- Attendance registers signed by learners
- Copies of invoices and payments to training providers
- Copies of Attendance and Competence certificates