Department Aiming To Place 10 000 Graduates In Work

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There are currently more than 580 000 students enrolled at Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges in South Africa. Many will graduate this year but will face the challenge of not having enough workplace experience to secure employment.

 


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The Minister of Higher Education and Training Dr Blade Nzimande has called on employers around the country to open their workplace for the placement of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) college students.

Nzimande explained that workplace-based training is not only needed to increase job creation in the country, but also make TVET colleges the preferred option for young people to continue their education.

He said his department has made a commitment to ensure that 10 000 TVET college graduates are offered workplace experience. This will allow the students to complete their qualifications and improve their prospects for employability or starting their own small businesses.

TVET colleges aim to equip students with practical and technical skills to ensure they are employable in the South African workforce. There are currently 50 TVET colleges in South Africa equipping students with these skills.

Nzimande says that TVET college principals must lead the way in forging  partnerships with industry and workplaces. This as the department's vision is to provide an integrated, coordinated and highly articulated Post-School Education and Training System to  improve economic participation for youth and adults.

The minister also wants the qualification offerings to be improved. He added that by the year 2030, TVET colleges must therefore offer a range of high-quality programmes.

These qualifications must be responsive to the needs of the students and cater to the needs of the South African economy.

 

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