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The training committee

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The training committee

It is strongly recommended that for organisations with more than 50 employees, a training committee is established for the purposes of consultation on training matters. This committee, as a whole, should reflect the interests of employees from all occupational categories in the organisation’s workforce.

A consultative forum should be established or an existing forum used if this is appropriate. For example, an existing diversity committee, affirmative action or employment equity forum may be utilised.

1    Composition of the training committee

All stakeholders should be included in this forum, for example:

  • Representative trade unions
  • Employee representatives from designated groups, non-designated groups, all occupational categories  and  levels, responsibility and senior management, including the managers  assigned  with

This forum should engage in proper consultation. Proper consultation includes:

  • The opportunity to meet and report back to employees and management
  • Reasonable opportunity for employee representatives to meet with the employer
  • The request, receipt and consideration of relevant information
  • Adequate time being allowed for each of the above steps

Ongoing interaction with and accessibility to senior management with regard to workplace skills issues is critical to the success of this process.

The frequency of consultative forum meetings will vary from employer to employer depending on size, sophistication, existing levels of diversity, and what has already been accomplished in the workplace with regard to skills development. Meetings should take place regularly and employers should allow time off for these meetings.

2   Role of the training committee

The role of a training committee is to:

  • Drive and direct the skills development process.
  • Ensure that representative consultation takes place regarding up-skilling of employees.
  • Authorise and sign off the grant application to the Seta.
  • Ensure that the SDF is leading the way with the SD process.
  • Support the SDF in the efforts of ‘spreading the word’ regarding training and up-skilling.