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Understanding Skills Development for the ICT Sector Code

Understanding Skills Development for the ICT Sector Code

The Amended Information Communication and Technology (ICT) Sector was gazetted on 7 November 2016. A Measured Entity’s annual turnover is imperative to determine the targets for the Skills Development element.

The thresholds for classification as an Exempted Micro Enterprise (EME), Qualifying Small Enterprise (QSE) or Generic Entity are as follows:

  1. EME: Annual turnover below R10 million.
  2. QSE: Annual turnover between R10 million and R50 million.
  3. Generic (Large) Entity: Annual turnover of R50 million or more.

For a Generic Entity, in total 6% of the leviable amount should be spent on training specified in the Learning Programmes Matrix for black people. At least 0.3% of the Leviable amount should be spent on training specified in the Learning Programmes Matrix for black people with disabilities. Learnerships, apprenticeships or internships for black employees and black unemployed people are required for a Generic Entity. The target is 2.5% of the entity’s total workforce for black employees and black unemployed people. The Economic Active Population (EAP) targets are applied to each indicator for the Skills Development element for a Generic Entity.

For a QSE, in total 3% of the leviable amount should be spent on training specified in the Learning Programmes Matrix for black people. At least 1% should be spent on training specified in the Learning Programmes Matrix for black women and 0.15% spent on training specified in the Learning Programmes Matrix for black people with disabilities. Bonus points are awarded for the number of black people absorbed by the Measured Entity at the end of the Learning Programme.

In terms of the Generic and QSE scorecard, a Measured Entity must meet the sub-minimum requirements for each indicator for the Skills Development element. Training for the Skills Development element must be for the enhancement of core ICT Sector Skills. An example of these includes ICT Security Specialist, Developer Programmer, Computer Network and Systems Engineer, etc. Please consult your BEE legal advisor to confirm further core ICT Skills.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tashta Dayaram is a SEESA BEE Legal Advisor at our Durban office since July 2015. She obtained her LLB degree from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and is an admitted an attorney.

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