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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.

The demand for skills in South Africa must be met by moving away from a
university-based post school education and training system. According to
Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande there should be
greater diversification.

Bogus FET colleges are popping up across the country and the Department of
Higher Education and Training has urged students, parents and guardians to
ensure that the institutions they enrol with are legally registered.

Members of the successful 2013 matric class in the Western Cape can still
enrol for studies in 2014. Opportunities to obtain a globally sought after
qualification in the manufacturing sector are still up for grabs to qualifying
applicants in Cape Town.

As the class of 2013 scrambles to secure a space at universities and colleges,
an education
expert has warned prospective students to ensure they carefully scrutinise
institutions before signing up.

Prospective students who cannot gain entry to universities due to capacity
are considering FET colleges as a medium for furthering their
education. Despite its shaky reputation FET colleges are filling a gap that
universities are unable to close.

As part of the turnaround strategy for the country?s Further Education and
Training (FET) colleges, a new policy has been introduced to ensure that
learners are in class and on time.

With the aim of creating a common understanding of training, recognition
and accreditation requirements among FET colleges, the Transnet NSF Project
has been launched.

FET College students gathered for the historical launch of a new independent
student body which is mandated to address the challenges facing young
people in these educational facilities.

The partnership and friendly rivalry between Northlink and Blackburn college
allows the institutions to exchange resources and best practices and
continuously evaluate the standard of education from both colleges against
international standard.

A Centre for Entrepreneurship (CEF), which will help to develop local
entrepreneurs, has been launched at the King Hintsa FET College for
Agriculture in Butterworth, Eastern Cape.

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