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.

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.

The 3rd Annual FET and Partnerships Conference will take place on the 18th
and 19th of March with the aim of promoting partnerships between the ICT
and FET sector.

The 78,2% matric pass rate for 2013 is the highest pass rate in 20 years.
However, many school leavers have been left high and dry as South Africa?s
public universities are swamped by large numbers of applicants.

Construction on the Further Education and Training (FET) College campus in
Sterkspruit forms part of the Department's plans to build 12 new campuses in
the in the rural and vulnerable areas.



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