Public Colleges Contact Details
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There are fifty registered and
accredited public TVET Colleges in South Africa which operate on around 364
campuses spread across the rural and urban areas of the country. Public
TVET Colleges are established and operated under the authority of the
Continuing Education and Training Act 16 of 2006 and resort under the
Department of Higher Education and Training. Public TVET Colleges are
subsidised by the state with approximately R8 billion per year. Each region has
a DHET regional office that provides specialised professional support to the
public TVET Colleges in provinces. DHET Regional Offices should not be confused
with District Offices in provinces. District Offices oversee school education
for the Department of Basic Education.
TVET College Administration
Public TVET Colleges resort under the Department of Higher Education and Training and its Regional Offices.
Number of students in TVET Colleges
There are considerably more than
700 000 students in public TVET Colleges. The 2019/2020 target is that there
should be 1 238 000 students in TVET Colleges. This means that TVET Colleges
are in a rapid growth and development phase.
Courses offered at public TVET
Colleges are externally and independently quality assured by the Quality
Assurer under whom the particular education and training programme or course
resorts. In addition, a number of public TVET Colleges are also SABS
ISO 9001:2008 certified.
Examinations, Assessment and
Examination, Assessment and
Certification for core programmes is co-ordinated by the Department of Higher
Education and Training. Other programmes/courses will have examination,
assessment and certification subject to the various independent quality
assurers under whom the specific learning programme/course resorts.
Student Support Services
Professional student support services
are available at most public TVET Colleges. New students may be required
to complete a competency assessment on enrolment. This will assist the
college to determine the most suitable learning and support programmes for the
prospective student. Generally, the student support is focused on both academic
and the broader social/psychological needs of students.
Department of Higher Education and
Training offers bursaries which are available for National Certificate
Vocational courses and Report 191 (NATED or 'N') courses at public TVET
Colleges to students who meet the criteria. These bursaries are not loans. The
bursaries are administered by the National Student Financial Aid Scheme
(NSFAS). Other bursaries are also available, which will vary from college
to college. Prospective students should enquire at the college at
which you plan to enrol as to what bursaries are available for the
course that you would like to study. During 2015 approximately 307419
students at TVET Colleges benefited from DHET bursaries administered by NSFAS.
Department of Higher Education and Training, TVET College bursaries that are
administered by the NSFAS, are readily available but are subject to two
important criteria. Namely, the prospective student will be required
to undergo a 'means test' that will indicate that the student really does
need financial assistance and secondly, that the student has a good academic
performance record. Prospective students who believe that they may meet these
criteria should contact their nearest public TVET College. The college
will provide the application forms and oversee the application process.
Modes of Delivery
Various modes of delivery exist at
the colleges, depending on the nature of the course. Some colleges also offer
blended learning (e-learning) facilities for some course content. A number of
the larger campuses have Open Learning Centres and Internet Cafes.
Further information can be given by the college on this aspect when applying or
enrolling for course admission.
Linkages and Partnerships
In an effort to ensure that courses
are responsive to the needs of commerce and industry, public colleges go to
great lengths to secure linkages and partnerships with key role-players in
commerce and industry and with the Sector Education and Training Authorities
(SETA’s). A number of colleges have a management division devoted to this
Job Shadowing and Practical Workplace
Public TVET colleges try as far
as possible to facilitate job shadowing and practical workplace opportunities
for top performing students. Many campuses also operate simulated enterprises
to augment the need for practical exposure related to the course of study.
In an increasingly globalised labour
market, a number of public TVET Colleges have international partnerships with
similar institutions in various parts of the world. This ensures that education
and training is internationally benchmarked with best practice in diverse