As the impact of the recent teacher?s strike on matric results is still anxiously being debated and matric students frantically try to recoup lost weeks of study in the run-up to their final examinations, Damelin?s Further Education and Training (FET) offering is emerging as a viable, skills-based alternative to Higher Education (HE) and entry into the formal job sector.
While not discounting the value of a good matric or HE, it may not be an achievable milestone for many matrics in light of the challenges they are facing. For many the traditional option of writing a matric and then proceeding to university or technikon may not be achievable. Of the matrics who passed in 2006, only 23.2% received matric exemptions (passes that qualify candidates for university).
"It is a fact that matric is not always the only passport to the workplace and to viable employment. While it remains an important factor, FET is emerging as a viable alternative for students whose marks do not qualify them for HE but who still have the drive and ambition to acquire much needed skills to enter the job sector,' says Rob Bartosch, Chief Marketing and Sales Officer at Educor, Damelin?s parent company.
"The very nature of FET is career-orientated and specifically skills based - in other words, the learner will acquire a specific set of skills and knowledge unique to their chosen field. It is education and training that provides people with the skills they need early in their lives, to build strong careers, to join the economy and be commercially active. Moreover, in light of the dramatic skills shortages in South Africa and in particular in the artisan fields, FET has been identified as a major potential contributor to economic growth and development in South Africa,' says Rob.