About TVET / Public TVET Colleges

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 Certification
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 aspect.

Job Shadowing and Practical Workplace Exposure
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.

International Exchange
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 international settings.