Hundreds of thousands of people are looking to upskill themselves every year in South Africa. The great thing is that there are many options for people to choose from in South Africa.
Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges provide students with the opportunity to obtain technical skills. The courses offered at TVET colleges are vocational or occupational skills by nature.
There are 50 registered TVET colleges in South Africa which provide accredited courses to students around the country.
There are two types of qualifications offered at TVET colleges:
- National Certificate (Vocational) and National Accredited Technical Education Diploma (NATED) programmes, also referred to as “Report 191” programmes.
- National Certificate (Vocational) requires students to have at least completed grade 9 while NATED courses require you to have Matric.
Students can choose from a wide array of courses including business, engineering, technology, manufacturing and hospitality.
The name 'TVET' signifies that the institution is state-owned. Therefore, students who are interested in wanting to attend a TVET college may also qualify for a National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) bursary.
NSFAS provides bursaries to students from poor and working-class students. The bursary covers tuition costs, accommodation costs, food, transport, textbook allowance and learning material costs.