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Ace your WSP & ATR Submission

The top 5 tips to help HR Departments to plan and prepare their WSP and ATR submissions

Like mad March hares, most HR Departments are in a frenzy pulling together the documentation for their annual Workplace Skills Plan (WSP) and Annual Training Report (ATR). Apart from achieving compliance and earning rebates, a well-planned WSP and ATR can also add strategic value to the business. The task of creating meaningful plans however may seem daunting, specially if the business has a large workforce.

Here are five simple steps to help you put together your WSP and ATR submission:

  1. Put together a digital skills audit to identify training needs

If the company’s workforce has online access, one of the quickest ways to identify the skills gaps in the business is by putting together a digital skills audit. Free online tools such as MailChimp and Monkey Survey are ideal for this and provide comprehensive reporting. Surveys ensure that the workforce buys into the decision making process. This helps the Skills Development Facilitator (SDF) to make more effective decisions, more quickly and saves time in the WSP creation process.

2. Align the training to the company’s business strategy

A good WSP should consider current and future needs. As a guide, take into account the gaps identified in the skills audit, the performance management system, succession planning initiatives and any new process or technology changes planned for the year. It is important to include training programmes that are operationally achievable and aligned with the business strategy. This ensures the right skills will be acquired and that the business also has what it needs for future growth.

3. Be specific about what is included in the plan

Be sure to include all the training initiatives that require funding in the PIVOTAL Training section of the WSP. If an initiative is not included, the business will not be able to apply for funding for that initiative when the discretionary grant window opens.

4. Include training that can meet multiple compliance requirements

Including Learnerships that cater for scarce and critical skills in the business will help meet Employment Equity and B-BBEE requirements. This will also increase the chances of obtaining discretionary grant funding.

5. Start the submission process early

Don’t leave the online submission of the WSP and ATR until 30 April as there may be technical issues when submitting. Stay in touch with the relevant SETA or seek advice from a registered Skills Development Facilitator. Something as simple as not adding a full stop in the right place could prevent the successful submission of the WSP and ATR online.

Compiling a WSP and ATR ensures that training is not only reactive to the needs of your business but also speaks to the overall business strategy. It also encourages a holistic and sustainable approach to skills development.

If you need further assistance with your WSP and ATR, the team at Ubuhle HR is here to help you. With more than 25 years HR Management and B-BBEE experience, our team will pull out all the stops, ensuring that you meet your deadline.

Contact Ubuhle HR today on 0861 256 724 or email us at

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