Deadline set for FP&M SETA grant applications

Companies in the fibre, processing and manufacturing (FP&M) sub-sectors, including forestry, leather, pulp and paper, and wood products, registered with the FP&M Sector Education and Training Authority (SETA) have until 30 April 2014 to submit applications for mandatory grants for the financial year 2014/15.

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Mandatory grants are paid back to companies on their timeous submission of a complete annual Workplace Skills Plan (WSP) and Annual Training Report (ATR). A mandatory grant is 50% of the skills development levy a company has paid to SARS.

The WSP is a document describing the skills needs of a company’s staff and the training plans management wishes to implement.

The FP&M SETA stressed that mandatory grant applications should include a WSP for the period April 2014-March 2015 and an ATR for the period April 2013-March 2014.

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Firms with 50 or more employees must also submit a PIVOTAL (professional, vocational, technical and academic) Training Plan and Report as part of their submission.

For more information, contact 011 403 1700, 021 462 0057 or 031 702 4482. Website: