Affordable Food Safety Training Solutions

BY Clarice Oelofse

Did you know? There are various grants available to assist with the implementation of scarce and critical skills.  Everything is becoming increasingly expensive, therefore we aim to bring you the best value for money food safety training that is available. Currently, you can consider the following opportunities:


FoodBev SETA:

FoodBev SETA has made grants available to companies/organisations within the Food and Beverage Sector for enrolment of learners on Skills Programmes. The grants are payable to employers to subsidise the cost of implementing skills programmes. A skills programme is defined as a group of unit standards (registered on the NQF) that gives the qualifying learner an employable skill. If you are levy-paying, you can make us of the Skills Programme Grant, and smaller non-levy paying companies can utilise the SME Grant. The value of the SME Grant is R30 000, and the Skills Programme Grant is not limited to a particular amount.


Applications for the SME Grant close on 9 November 2013, and the Skills Programme Grant is on-going, however, all training must be completed by 30 March 2014.



The hospitality industry is made up of a broad category of fields within the service industry. This is a very lucrative industry that is dependent on the availability of leisure time and disposable income. The hospitality chamber at CATHSSETA covers 16 Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) codes. These include Hotels, Motels, Guest Houses, and Bed and Breakfasts, Restaurants, Fast Food Establishments, Caterers, Night Clubs, Pubs and Time Share.


Skills Programmes are covered in this grant, and the value is uncapped, but the regulations are quite strict. Applications close on 1 November.



TETA also has a grant available for Smaller, Non-Levy Paying companies. The value of this grant is R15 000 per company per annum.


The following organisations may apply for support under this strategy:


SME's: Small & Micro Enterprises employing less than 50 employees.

  • Non-Levy Paying Enterprises (NLP): Organisations exempt from paying skills development levies and employing less than 50 employees.
  • BEE organisations: Black owned organisations (as outlined in the Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment Codes of Good Practice) employing less than 50 employees.


TETA will process applications on a monthly basis and all applications received on or before the 25th of a given month will be processed in the month in question; notice of approval (or rejection) will be made by the 7th day of the following month.


Agri SETA:

The funding window will open on 1 November and close on 31 January 2014. Keep visiting our web site for the latest updates.


Finally, remember the following:

  • We assist you with the application process at no extra cost;
  • Completing a WSP and ATR is the first step in applying for most grants (make sure you do this by April 2014);
  • Planned training must either be unit standard based (e.g. skills programs) or regulated (as contained in the current signed Memorandum of Understanding between the SETA and the regulatory authorities;
  • The DG’s are handed out at the SETA’s discretion, and is subject to budget availability.


 October 21, 2013
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