The Department of Higher Education and Training's highest priority is to strengthen and expand the public TVET colleges so that they become institutions of choice for a large proportion of school leavers. Key objectives in strengthening colleges include improving access, throughput rates, management capacity (especially with regard to planning, financial and human resource management), student support services and student accommodation, as well as developing management information systems, strengthening governance, building partnerships with employers and other stakeholders, increasing the responsiveness of colleges to local labour markets, improving placement of college graduates in jobs, and creating a programme and qualifications mix to meet the varied needs of students.
Colleges are at different stages of development, due in part to their history of differential access to resources, and therefore require different levels of intervention and support to achieve optimal functionality. The initial aim in the weaker colleges is to turn them into efficiently functioning institutions. For the better-performing colleges (whose numbers will increase over time), the aim is to turn them into centres of excellence that constantly seek to improve their service to their students and to their local economies, and then become role models for other institutions. This does not mean that the aim is to make all colleges the same. Their individual characteristics will be determined, above all, by their local environments, creating a diverse sub-system that serves a wide range of needs. (White Paper for Post- School Education and Training, 2013).
The DHET is hosting the Technical and Vocational Education and Training Conference in order to review the progress made over the past 5 years in the college subsystem, i.e. the status of TVET Colleges as well as to define actions and interventions required for the short, medium and long term towards the achievement of the 2030 vision espoused in the National Development Plan (NDP) and the White Paper on Post School Education and Training.
The conference will therefore take stock of where the TVET subsystem comes from, what has been achieved, but more importantly focus on concrete actions to transform the TVET college subsystem into a vibrant sector which both develops human capacity and prepares students for the world of work in order to become economically active citizens.
Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Conference 2017!