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.

FET colleges are institutions ideally suited for those wishing to make up their "matric'
and for those wishing to study subjects that will lead to a vocational career path. The
Green Paper sets a target of four million enrolments in FET colleges and other nonand#8208;
university post school institutions by 2030.

As part of government's plan to introduce free education R2 billion will be allocated to
Further Education and Training (FET) college students. Young people have been
encouraged to take advantage of the opportunities created by government?s
investment in student financial aid.

A nursing college has been closed down by the Gauteng Department of Health following a week-long illegal protest and class disruptions by students. The students demanded that three Heads of Department be removed from the college.

Limpopo police have appealed to all Seshego students who have been ripped off by
the FET college scam to come forward and provide details. The Seshego FET College
in Zone 7 has officially been closed down.

The Hawks police unit in Limpopo cracked down on three unregistered Further Education and Training colleges and three people accused of running the bogus FET colleges.

Northlink College has piloted a partnership with the Department of Community Safety and Security to address the high numbers of unemployed youth in various poverty stricken areas. They would be given training opportunities and also an education.

The ongoing investigation into the exam leak at a private FET college has revealed
that some of the suspects were writing exams on behalf of students. These suspects
have now been remanded in custody pending their bail application.

The examination leak at the Mpumalanga Further Education and Training (FET) College
is set to be investigated by a select team of markers who have been assigned by the
Department of Higher Education and Training to shed light on the scandal.

The quality and relevance of courses offered by FET colleges relies in part on the relationships between higher education institutions, business, industry and Setas. The DHET has made this element one of its focus points in its turnaround strategy to improve FET colleges.

The turnaround strategy spearheaded by the Department of Higher Education and Training aims to solve the key challenges facing FET colleges and to turn these institutions into sustainable environments where the quality of teaching and learning produces a skilled workforce.

Governments? quest to redefine FET colleges and make them institutions of choice has reached full speed. The turnaround strategy launched by the DHET is expected to target the biggest challenges facing FET colleges to date.

Government has invested heavily in the higher education sector to ensure that South Africans receive a quality education which is affordable and accessible. Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande will give an outline of the progress made to turnaround FET Colleges.

South Africa's automotive industry may not be in serious trouble, but its current situation is not sustainable, with a widening skills gap and fierce international competition remaining key challenges.

As part of an initiative to reduce the vacancy rate of at least 45 000 jobs in the maritime industry, 12 FET colleges across the country will start to offer courses aimed at equipping young people for a career in the industry.

To promote the growth of a public FET college system that is responsive to sector, local, regional and national skills needs and priorities the Services Seta has partnered with the HAMK University of Applied Sciences in Finland.

Millions of young people are being denied a higher education because universities are unable to accommodate the staggering number of matriculants each year. Minister Blade Nzimande has urged the South African Teachers Union to unite with FET colleges to address this problem.

The final examinations for students can be both an exciting and stressful time. Added to this stress is that many students have yet to register at a higher education institution for 2013 due to financial constraints. FET colleges provide an alternative to the traditional educational facilities.

To promote the improvement of delivery standards and the performance of FET Colleges and to transform similar elements in the services sector, a partnership between Services Seta and Blackburn College of UK was formed.

Students from the Mmabatho College of Nursing have agreed to return to class and end their demands for better accommodation after plans to construct a new nursing college to the tune of R300 million were confirmed.

Students from the Mmabatho College of Nursing have been engaging in strike action for two weeks. They are demanding that the North West Department of Health put an end to the bursary system and improve their accommodation.

Full bursaries will be awarded to 67 learners from disadvantaged backgrounds who have demonstrated academic potential.This is one of many nationwide initiatives launched to honour former president Nelson Mandela.

The lives of 27 students from KwaZulu-Natal have changed for the better, after successfully graduating at the Inchanga Further Education and Training (FET) College through a Nedbank funded skills development programme.

Minister Blade Nzimande reflects on the current state of further education and training colleges and highlights the plight of the local youth as South Africa celebrates youth month in 2012. These institutions are government?s first line of defence against skills shortages and unemployment amongst young people.

Up to R6000 transport allowance per annum has been made available to eligible students in FET Colleges as part of financial support towards their studies, but students are not being permitted to claim their allowance.

The Further Education and Training sector recognized students who produced outstanding results in the 2011 examinations, during the first FET awards ceremony. Ex-Northlink College student, Shona Den was one of the top three students in the NC(V) category.


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