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INTRODUCTION AND BACKGROUND

Coordinated approach to post school education and training interventions

Cognizant that Government planning cycles are structured around the Medium Term Strategic Framework (MTSF). Significant attention must be given to the first five years of the White Paper Implementation Plan. However, it must however be done within a longer term framework to ensure that short and medium term strategies are aligned with a long term vision of the sector as articulated by the White Paper on Post School Education and Training. A clear understanding of and commitment to executing assigned roles is critical. Current systems, structures and processes of interaction among stakeholders will be reviewed with the aim to ensure a seamless and coordinated approach. In-built mechanisms will be developed to ensure that blockages and/or inconsistencies to implementation of interventions are identified as and when they arise and resolved promptly.

Strengthened relationships/collaboration amongst stakeholders in the sector

One of the main objectives of the conference will be to strengthen relationships between colleges, universities, SETAs and industry. In addition to formal discussions in the commissions on partnerships and linkages, Colleges will be given an opportunity to showcase some of their best attributes and/or programmes through exhibitions over the three days. The intention will be to provide a platform for colleges to network with potential partners and establish relationships.

Colleges will be allowed to promote their programmes, niche areas and existing partnerships with universities, SETAs and industry. The idea would be for top business people to propose real commitments towards supporting the TVET sector and for Universities and SETAs to consolidate their relationships with TVET Colleges.

Sustainable and structured platform for engagement

Upon completion of the Imbizo, the TVET Branch must have a solid way forward to address pertinent issues affecting the sector. Post the Imbizo, there must be a clear implementation plan with cost implications. The Minister has reiterated the importance of continuing open dialogue among stakeholders, and the need for them to work together to ensure stability. The TVET Imbizo is convened in fulfilment of this vision. The Minister has also instructed the Department to convene an ongoing TVET forum, which will bring to the table student representatives, College administrations, senior officials from DHET and College Councils.

The aim is to ensure open, frank, and effective channels of communication, and an ability to resolve challenges quickly, effectively and sustainably. Beyond the TVET Imbizo, the forum will convene frequently to assess progress and engage on pertinent issues. In this way, the TVET Imbizo will not be a 'stand-alone' or 'once-off' event but part of a structured stakeholder engagement process with in-built mechanisms to monitor progress and challenges in-between major conferences.

Declaration of intent/commitment

The Imbizo must also culminate into a declaration by all stakeholders in the TVET sector. The Imbizo will also shape the type of Turnaround Strategy the sector needs. The ability of the sector to improve student performance, produce the required skills and meet the specified targets is a key measure of success. A declaration of the TVET Imbizo declaration will be developed and signed by all stakeholders as commitment to progressive realization of the macro-strategic imperatives of the sector.