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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.

Further Education and Training (FET) should strive to achieve three goals: making graduates employable; creating a diverse workforce; and meeting the needs of the country’s economy.

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
landscape?

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.

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