Skills Development


Shaping B-BBEE into your Competitive Advantage & Brand Edge for Compliance in the Digital Economy.


Although young people are among the most willing to embrace new technologies, many have
deep-seated anxieties about the impact that the most recent advances in technology could
have on their future employment prospects.

A large number of middle-skill occupations that were available earlier are disappearing owing
to increasing adoption of automation. Furthermore, the probability of becoming unemployed
or inactive increases for young workers with experience in automatable jobs.

This highlights the importance of modernising vocational education and training programmes
so that young people are better able to meet the demands of the digital economy.

The SAIL recruitment, training and placement model that will benefit the black unemployed
youth of South Africa, can earn financial B-BBEE benefits for companies that participate in it.

We focus on Skills Development strategies that will maximise the use of all tax rebates and incentives and by participating in our programmes for the unemployed youth of South Africa, companies can help guide our youth to gain meaningful employment.

Skills Development is a priority element on the scorecard and 40% needs to be achieved or the company will drop a level

Formally upskilling the Unemployed Youth of South Africa in Readiness for Careers in the Digital Age.


Youth (ages between 18-29) who were unable to study further due to financial constraints and/or lack of opportunities and entry to formal education.


When it comes to skills development, the ultimate goal of any business is to get the best training benefit from the money spend with the main criteria being:


The Southern African Institute of Learning (SAIL), a black woman owned accredited company (BEE level 1), has developed a bespoke career development programme for youth between the ages of 18 and 29. This programme will recruit, train, develop and place youth until they find gainful employment.

Learners will undergo formal training in qualifications with the opportunity of progression into higher levels as indicated below:

*All of these programmes will be integrated with skills programmes in Entrepreneurship, hence, giving learners the opportunity to also become self sustainable.

Placing a stronger emphasis and focus on Information Technology Skills Development will improve national productivity, help workers to diversify their employment opportunities and provide the unemployed with new skills to either enter a changed labour market or, should they opt to, to become entrepreneurs.

The SAIL Youth Career Activation Programme (SYCAP) is designed to ensure a start at the very basic level in Information Technology and, thereafter, progresses into higher IT qualifications. When it comes to Skills Development, the ultimate goal for any business is to benefit from the money spend.

Companies that participate in this programme can earn disproportionate benefits in terms of their BEE Compliance while maximizing the favourable tax rebates and incentives while preparing unemployed youth for the world of work. 


The B-BBEE Codes have always provided extra incentive for companies that employ and invest in the training and development of people that have been marginalized.

Further incentives to joining SYCAP are:


Skills Development is the most expensive element on the B-BBEE Scorecard. This discourages companies from training. Further to this, training budget constraints and the inability to manage learners with disabilities also challenge organisations.

The B-BBEE Codes have always provided extra incentives for companies that invest in the development of unemployed youth. The Amended B-BBEE Codes stipulate that points could be scored on Skills Development specified for black people under bursaries or as SETAaccredited training spend. SAIL assists companies by using our unique funding model (SYCAP) to guide and assist companies in achieving their target spend by placing learners on our bursary/skills programme.

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SAIL has a business client base and will need a minimum of a 14-day notice period to
implement one or more of the programmes. This notice period will include the preparation of
documents and liaising with the client to complete this process.

SAIL will undertake the following:


Learners (including those with disabilities) are recruited and qualifying learners will be selected and orientated on the programme/s. This process includes an assessment on the learnersabilities to ensure minimum requirements are met


Once the applicant qualifies, SAIL collates all the relevant documentation of the leaner i.e. ID, learner agreement, registration form etc. Beneficiaries are then enrolled with the SETA and placed on the programme


According to the B-BBEE Codes, the learner will have to be placed on the company’s payroll on a fixed term contract for 12 months. Once SAIL secures the workplace placement, a contract will be signed between the Client, the Employer and SAIL. The learning journey will then commence.

Programme Commencement

All training is online and/or distance-based learning. Learner support is constantly on hand and readily available – both in-contact and online. Learners will start at a basic level and the theory will be completed within the prescribed qualification timeframes. The workplace/practical component will be undertaken with the “Host” employer.

Administration, Project Management & Reporting

SAIL and the “Host” employer will ensure that all learner and programme administration, learner co-ordination and project management is professionally done. All Recordkeeping and reporting requirements on behalf of the client and the SETA will be will be timeously done and submitted.


Learner results will be determined by a registered assessor, internally moderated by a registered moderator and verified by MICTSETA. A SETA Certificate of Competency will be awarded to the deserving learner on successful completion of the programme.


ETI (R1000 per learner per month on the programme) was introduced in January 2014 and is scheduled to run until February 2029.

How it works:

Rules of ETI:

The employer must be tax compliant. This means no tax returns or outstanding monies in the month the ETI is claimed.

Rules for learners to qualify:


We offer a free consulting function regarding all Skills Development aspects and will assist your existing BBEEE consulting firm to tailor make a solution for you.

The SYCAP team will ensure that we find the best solution for you whether it is:

Companies that participate in this programme can earn disproportionate benefits in terms oftheir BEE Compliance while maximizing the favourable tax rebates and incentives.


All training interventions must support the shortage of skills in the country
Skills Spend must be cost effective yet achieve maximum B-BBEE points

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