SDF Workshop – 1 US (WSP)


This course is accredited by the ETDP SETA and material covers unit standards 15217 at NQF level 5 worth 6 credits. Duration: 2 days


The broad aim of this course is to introduce participants to key knowledge, attitudes and skills pertaining to skills development in South Africa. The course focuses on skills development in the business environment. Most organizations are involved in skills development and training programmes for their staff. This course enables organizations and individuals to develop a professional approach to skills development and career development in organizations. It also ensures a comprehensive approach is followed when dealing with talent management and the career progression of employees. This course will be useful for Skills Development professionals and Skills Development Facilitators.


Upon completion of this course you will be able to define the key concepts associated with skills development and you will be able to:

  • Understand the basic processes behind skills development 
  • Have the ability to introduce skills development and talent management into the organization 
  • Understand the benefits of skills development and talent management in the Organization 
  • Identify opportunities for skills development and talent management  
  • Understand the nature of the relationships that must be managed in any skills development and talent management program 
  • Use the knowledge for the overall benefit of the organization


  • Skills Development Legislation including: 
  • The Skills Development Act 
  • The Skills Development Levies Act 
  • The SAQA Act 
  • Drawing up a training needs analysis for a unit or organisation 
  • Compile a skills development plan for your unit or organisation 
  • Implement the skills development plan for your unit or organisation 
  • Talent management 
  • Succession planning 
  • Developing Career paths 
  • Developing personal development plans


Module 1: Analysing Education, Training and Development Needs of Members 

Human Resource Development Principles and Role Other HRD Roles

Techniques for Conducting Training Needs Analysis

1.1 Determine the Skills Gaps and Training Needs of Staff

Identifying Individual and Team Training Needs

Training Needs Assessment Techniques

1.2 Integrate the Results from Performance Appraisals

1.3 Use the Organisational Talent Management Strategy

1.4 Obtain Stakeholder Input to Reach Agreement

Module 2: Recording the Results of the Training Needs Analysis

2.1 Record the Development Needs of Staff

2.2 Relate the Development needs to the Career Development Paths

2.3 Link the Development Needs to the Talent Management Strategy

2.4 Communicate the Report on the Training Needs Analysis

Class Activity 2: Record the Results of the Training Needs Analysis

Module 3: Compiling a Skills Development Plan for a Unit 

3.1 Motivate the Types of Learning Programmes Described in the Plan

Main Features of Different Types of Learning Programmes

Main Features of Different Delivery Modes of Learning Programmes

3.2 Link the Objectives and Outcomes of the Planned Learning Programmes

3.3 Stipulate the Responsibilities for the Implementation of the Plan

3.4 Motivate the Role of the Unit Manager into Talent Management and People Development

3.5 Align the Plan to the Legal Framework and Internal Requirements

  Legal Framework Governing Skills Development and Employment Equity

Laws and strategies linked with skills development

South African Qualifications Authority Act (No 58 of 1995)

Skills Development Act (No. 97 of 1998)

Employment Equity Act

Broad-based Black Economic Empowerment Act (BBBEE Act)

Skills Development Levies Act (No. 9 of 1999)

Skills Development Structures



Department of Higher Education

Skills Development Mechanisms

National Skills Development Strategy

National Qualifications Framework (NQF)



Claiming skills levy rebates


Recognition of Prior Learning

Unit Standards



Skills Programmes

National Learners’ Records Database (NLRD)

Sector and workplace skills plans

Outcomes-Based Education (OBE)

3.6 Reflect Commitment to Promoting Lifelong Learning

Principles and Features of a Learning Organisation

Principles and Features of a Learning Culture

Principles and Features of Lifelong Learning

Compile a Work skills Plan (WSP)

Module 4: Managing the Implementation of the Personal Development Plan of a Unit 

4.1 Monitor the Implementation of the PDP

4.2 Analyse Implementation Reports

4.3 Integrate the Evaluation of Learners and Other Parties into Final Evaluation Report


Total fees: R1300 per learner

Fee covers the following items:

  • Learning material
  • Learner Portfolios
  • Facilitation and Assessment.
  • ETDP SETA Statement of Results
  • Certification


  • Managers 
  • Human Resource Managers 
  • Training Coordinators