Here’s The Official 2024 TVET College Calendar

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TVET colleges play a critical role in developing skilled individuals into the artisans, engineers and business people of the future. The higher education department has revealed how the TVET college programme will progress in 2024. 


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The official 2025 Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) college calendar is confirmed. The calendar shows when the academic year will commence, conclude, be paused for holidays and when student will likely participate in their exams 

TVET Colleges play a pivotal role in shaping South Africa's upcoming generation of artisans. The skills acquired at these colleges equip graduates with the necessary expertise to pursue diverse technical and vocational careers, enabling them to secure employment or explore entrepreneurial opportunities.

South Africa has fifty TVET colleges, encompassing over 250 campuses. These institutions offer comprehensive training across various disciplines, including engineering, media, hospitality, business, utilities, and tourism.

The 2024 TVET College Year

NCV Programmes 

Term 1 classes for NC(V) programmes will commence on 15 January on and conclude on 10 March. Supplementary examinations take place from 13 February to 8 March. 

Term 2 starts on 3 April, concluding on 14 June. Term 3 kicks off on 9 July and concludes on 20 September, including 14 days allocated for internal examinations. 

The academic year wraps up in Term 4, starting on 1 October and ending on 1 November, with additional components such as Life Skills & Computer Literacy (P2) from 28 October to 1 November and examinations from 4 November to 6 December. 

The colleges close for the year on 11 December. In total, students can expect 177 lecturing days and 210 staff service days throughout the year.

NATED Courses 

For Business and Utility Studies, Semester 1 classes commence on 8 January and conclude on 20 March. Term 2 of the first semester starts on 3 April and ends on 17 May, with examinations from 20 May to 14 June. 

Semester 2's Term 3 commences on 9 July, concluding on 20 September. Term 4 starts on 1 October, ending on 1 November, with examinations from 5 November to 6 December. The year concludes on 11 December, summing up to 153 lecturing days and 210 staff service days.

NATED Natural Science Studies

Trimester 1 classes start on 8 January and end on 20 March. Examinations for this trimester take place from 25 March to 19 April, with the colleges closing on 19 April. 

Trimester 2 commences on 13 May, concluding on 20 May, and examinations from 24 July to 16 August, with the colleges closing on 16 August. 

Trimester 3 starts on 2 September, and ending on 10 September, with examinations from 15 November to 9 December. The year wraps up on 11 December, resulting in 142 lecturing days and 210 staff service days.

More About TVET College Programmes 

National Certificate (Vocational) programmes 

NC(V) Courses, serving as an alternative to a Matric Certificate, focus on cultivating students in specialised areas, providing them with the skills and knowledge essential for a prosperous career.

NATED Programmes/Report 191 Programmes

NATED Programmes typically entail months of theoretical studies at a TVET college, complemented by practical applications in relevant workplaces.

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Minister Nzimande talking about TVET colleges

TVET Colleges play a critical role in filling the skills gap in South Africa by providing individuals with the knowledge and skills needed for vocational careers. The Higher Education Minister believes the TVET college sector could be significantly improved with the help of industry partners. 


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