Despite the massive push to transform the image of TVET colleges it seems businesses are still hesitant to hire these graduates.
In a recent interview Minister of Higher Education , Science and Technology, Dr Blade Nzimande admitted that TVET students are still being overlooked in favour of their university counterparts.
Speaking to Joanne Joseph on Radio 702 he said, "the first priority is for business to open their workplaces for TVET college students in particular, to get work experience."
According to Nzimande internships are the key to ensuring students receive employment offers later on or pursue their own small business ideas.
The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) has fought a long and hard battle against the negative perceptions surrounding TVET colleges.
Over the last few years government has invested millions to improving the quality and relevance of training offered at TVET colleges.
In reality these colleges have become better equipped to produce work ready graduates. The focus on hands-on training combined with industry-related lectures makes these institutions an excellent choice for technical careers.