As part of its SME Skills Development Support Programme, the MERSETA Governing Board approved a web-based training voucher project, launched on the 15th of October 2007 and ran until 31 March 2010. Using a web platform, SMMEs could apply on-line for training vouchers that could be presented to pre-approved providers for accredited skills programmes. The dedicated website is www.mersetatrainingvouchers.org.za and applicants who did not have internet access could apply via a dedicated call centre on 0861 10 12 10. This project was intended for SMMEs (employing less than 150 employees on a permanent basis) in the manufacturing, engineering and related services sector whether paying the Skills Development Levy (SDL) or exempted by SARS. Companies could apply for vouchers worth up to R100 000 per SME company. When ALL the training had been successfully completed, and the R100 000 was exhausted; the company could apply for additional funding. The courses offering was wide and ranged from ABET to technical / industry specific courses. Funding was on a first come, first served basis; to a maximum of two vouchers per employee at a time. merSETA was proud to have exceeded its target for the 2009/10 financial year of enrolling at least 4, 000 employed workers on skills programmes and to have at least 5, 714 learners successfully complete learning programmes through the implementation of the Voucher Implementation Programme. To date, 20 095 learners have been registered and 11 670 have completed and many more still in the process of being trained. This was across 1, 242 small and medium companies in the sector. Indeed, it had been a very successful year. The funds initially set aside for this project have been exhausted. MerSETA has temporarily suspended the project while they attempt to raise additional funding. Should you wish to be contacted when the project re-opens; kindly visit the voucher website www.mersetatrainingvouchers.org.za, click on the ‘Courses’ tab on this website, and complete the “Did not find what you were looking for” block and complete the fields required. merSETA wishes to thank all who have made this project a success, and wish to partner again in the near future in “Closing the Skills Gap” even further.