FET Colleges


Now known as Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Colleges, what were previously called FET colleges provide after-school education for those who choose not to attend a traditional university. Offering courses in a wide variety of fields, TVET or FET colleges focus on providing education and training to students in marketable and practical skills to allow them to qualify to do a myriad of jobs. TVET or FET colleges offer a popular alternative to university studies for students who were not accepted to study a degree and are of great import in South Africa. The number of TVET colleges is increasing rapidly, providing students with marketable skills and the ability to do essential jobs. This is how TVET or FET colleges will change the lives of hundreds of thousands of South Africans.

Should you not meet the requirements for entry at a university, the Department of Higher Education and Training has Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Colleges available for students to study at. 

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Students who have been turned away by universities should not be discouraged as they can still apply at Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges

Again this year, hundreds of thousands of disappointed students will be turned away by the handful of universities in South Africa that can simply not accommodate the demand from prospective first-year students qualified for admission to university. Fortunately, there is a smart solution for savvy students, and it is a solution that also offers a host of benefits.

The transition from a higher learning institution to the workplace is not an easy one
for students or employers, and there is a need for better communication between
stakeholders to ensure that learners are properly prepared for the marketplace.

A change in culture and leadership is necessary if higher education institutions are to
embrace diversity and uphold the human rights of all students, irrespective of their
colour or religion.

In response to calls for a better education system, government has decided to focus
all its energy and resources on making FET colleges the leading providers of higher
education, but at what cost?

The main objective of the Khayelitsha Skills Development Summit was to create a
roadmap towards developing the skills, competency and progress of the community of
Khayelitsha in order to advance economic and social upliftment.

Government plans to take control of the human resources function at FET colleges
across the country, and will fulfill the task of hiring all permanent staff. Is this a
positive step? Or is government assuming too much control in the higher education

Role players in the further education and training sector have been invited to join the
5th annual FET conference which seeks to promote higher education, build networks
and bridge the learning gap through new technologies.

The six Western Cape FET Colleges will be launching an Artisan Initiative with support
from the Western Cape Education Department, as part of government's plan to
increase the number of artisans in the country.

SAICA and the Department of Higher Education and Training are showing the
way to public-private collaboration. If professional bodies are going to deliver
to a sustainable future for South Africa they could do worse than to follow the
lead that SAICA has shown.

Taung Agricultural College in the North West has received a donation of US $1
million from Danish company Haldor Topsøe, which specialises in research and

Bridging the gap between academic programmes and the workplace
has become one of the biggest challenges in the skills development
landscape. The 2nd Annual National FET Conference aims to find solutions to
this challenge.

Minister Nzimande is set to launch the Free State FET Graduate Placement
Programme which will see graduates from FET colleges being placed for
experiential learning in various components of the Free State Provincial
Government and municipalities.

Addressing areas of inequality within the higher education sector is no easy
task but the White Paper for Post-School Education and Training aims to do
just that through its focus on accessibility.

The shortage of artisan and engineering skills in the country has prompted
government to focus on and promote study and job "opportunities' in this
sector. But are these opportunities really available to everyone?

The Gauteng Provincial Government will assist 240 students, who were
fraudulently placed at Westcol Further Education and Training college
campuses by a local resident.