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Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Colleges, previously FET Colleges, provide students with after-school education should they not go on to attend a traditional university. TVET colleges offer courses in a wide variety of fields, with a focus on giving students marketable and practical skills. This is of great importance as there are many professions that society depends on and yet very few people are studying them. TVET colleges offer a popular alternative to university studies for students who were not accepted to study a degree. The number of TVET colleges is increasing rapidly, providing students with marketable skills and the ability to do essential jobs as artisans.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has called on private companies across South Africa to become part of the skills revolution by partnering with Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges.

Deputy Higher Education and Training Minister Manana at TVET Conference

After all the focus this month on the university sector, Deputy Minister of Education and Training Mduduzi Manana rallied the faithful at the 6th Annual African TVET and FET Conference. Opening the packed conference in Cape Town, Manana call the TVET college sector the 'backbone of South Africa's educational sector'.

The False Bay TVET College in Khayelitsha was the site for the provincial activation of the student health programme, First Things First.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has called on companies across all sectors of the economy to adopt a Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) college to help with skills development and job creation.

Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training, Mduduzi Manana, has encouraged learners to consider Technical Vocational Education and Training Colleges (TVET) as their alternative to university education.

While challenges persist in the higher education sector, government is doing all it can to address these, Higher Education and Training Deputy Minister Mduduzi Manana said.

The 1st of April has seen the official establishment of nine Community Education and Training Colleges (CETCs), which will enable the merger of existing public adult learning centres into community colleges.

The retail sector is expected to benefit from Woolworths high impact skills development initiative.

More than 100 000 National Certificate Vocational certificates have yet to be presented to students.

Northlink College will be the first College in South Africa to open a 3D Printing Academy.

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