BMW April 2022

In the next decade, the growth and survival of the Automotive Body Repair Industry will be secured by investing in the training and development of human capital. Determining the efficiency of every employee and the ripple effect of their effectiveness on the production and profitability of a company are significant to its survival. By improving overall employee performance through learning and by increasing skills and knowledge, profitability is enhanced. This is in line with the National Skills Development Plan (NSDP) which pursues a South Africa with adequate, appropriate and highly qualified and skilled employees who can contribute towards economic growth, employment creation and social development.

What is the National Skills Development Plan (NSDP) 2030? 

 ‘Our Future – Make it Work’ is the slogan of the NSDP which emphasises our collective responsibility in securing a better future for ourselves and our children though developing both basic skills and technical skills, focussing on historically disadvantaged individuals. The NSDP asks for more training opportunities for employed staff of the body shop, implores that workplaces create training options for the unemployed and introduce students from training institutions into the world of work.

Increasing production and profitability

An excellent start to increasing production and profitability is to get money to train and develop the Human Capital in your body shop. Contact and engage with the Client Liaison Officer (CLO) of the Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Sector Education and Training Authority (merSETA – Companies pay a percentage of the Company’s Skills Development Levy to the merSETA, and the CLO will help to register a Skills Development Facilitator (SDF) for your company and familiarise him/her with the National Skills Development Management System (NSDMS). By using the system, the SDF of the company will be informed on the Workplace Skills Plan (WSP), Annual Training Report (ATR), the Grants Policy for Apprentices/Learners/ARPL-assessments and Skills Programmes.

Grants paid according to the Criteria Guidelines (Document number: DGD-GL-001) include: 

  • R 165 000.00 for Apprenticeships;
  • R 19 068.17 per learner per level for Learnerships: 
  • R 40 336.52 for Artisan Recognition of Prior Learning (ARPL) (Pre-assessment, gap training and trade testing); and
  • R 308.00 per credit (a registered Skills Programme – maximum 80 credits) for Skills Programmes: 

Training done is reflected in the company’s BBBEE, EE, WSP and ATR, may also be presented to an OEM, and allows for an Annual Tax Allowance of R40 000 per apprentice employed and registered for training.

If you have any specific questions about training, please drop me an e-mail: or invite me to visit your company, or call us on +27(0)12 379 8684 or +27(0)82 414 5557.

Groetnis, Oom Frik