Government’s Plan To Place Graduates In Work

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While obtaining a tertiary education qualification increases your chances of finding a job in South Africa, it does not guarantee you will find employment. The government has committed to placing unemployed graduates.


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Statistics South Africa (StatsSA) revealed that of the 7.9 million unemployed persons in the first quarter of 2022,  2.8% of unemployed persons were graduates, while 6.7% had other tertiary qualifications as their highest level of education.

Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation Blade Nzimande has committed to the placement of graduates who have obtained a qualification from a Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) college.

TVET colleges provide students with courses that are vocational or occupational with a view toward a specific range of jobs, employment or entrepreneurial possibilities. TVET college graduates can choose to further their education at a University of Technology should they choose to do so.

Due to the practical nature of the courses offered at TVET colleges, work-integrated learning is crucial for the development of TVET students as it gives them practical on the job knowledge and training.

Nzimande “We have also committed to have 15 000 TVET college graduates to be placed for Workplace-Based Learning. This is 5000 more than SONA commitments.”

“Government has already spent vast amounts of money to support our youth through the TVET system, and therefore it is important that we assist them to transition to the workplace through appropriate placements,” explained Nzimande.

The minister revealed that agreements have been made with Japan/Toyota to provide automotive industry training, with Germans on the dual system, with the UK to address youth unemployment, with  Huawei on ICT skills academies in 22 TVET colleges and the SAMDRA  to provide training with rangers to the repair and maintenance of mobile devices.

“These agreements include the provision of training for both TVET college students as well as to give workplace exposure to TVET college lecturers, so that they teach and train in what is currently needed by industry,” concluded Nzimande.

 

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