In 2007, just 12 283 students in Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) Colleges were supported through the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS), last year this figure reached 256 904. Government increased the funding available to TVET students in the same timeframe from R 66.7m to over R 2.3bn last year.

In addition, the National Skills Fund (NSF) will continue to invest in TVET colleges, focusing on funding around 15 000 learners each year in programmes linked to scarce and critical skills areas, especially with regards to artisan development.

Speaking on the Department of Higher and Training’s role in the TVET college sector, Department Minister, Blade Nzimande says they have demonstrated a very significant commitment to growing and improving the sector through substantial infrastructure investment. Minister Nzimande said funding for TVET students via NSFAS has risen dramatically since the DHET was founded ten years ago.

According to the Minister Nzimande, the NSF will also fund significant quality improvements in the TVET college sector, including development of a foundational learning programme to improve learning throughput.

TVET Colleges will this year make 207 510 places available to new entrants, 142 484 of them for students interested in studying towards a National Diploma in Engineering or Business Studies. Another 65 026 places will also be available across 19 programmes for the National Certificate (Vocational), which provides theory and practical experience in a range of vocational fields.

Central Technical College (CTC), a technical college registered to DHET, in turn offers specialised courses that focus on providing the introductory skills needed in a variety of fields to create alternatives or bridge the gap to a university course. It is for students who have not achieved a university pass but still yearns to make a career for themselves. It is a college for those without National Senior Certificates, poor grades and passes.

CTC has become champions of academic change and developed a unique range of courses to give every type of student hope for the future

CTC offers various programmes in Business Studies, Educare, Public Relations, Tourism and Engineering.

CTC’s Academic Manager, Adele Pillay said CTC’s offerings are available to any individual looking to kick start their career and said bridging courses can also be done for those who have no matric.

“The Faculty of Business Studies stipulates a minimum requirement for registration is a Grade 12 pass. However the Engineering Faculty does allow for students with a Grade 11 pass to register with us, where they are able to begin at a foundation N1 level up to N3, which will enable them to then apply to other institutions. This would also apply to a Grade 12 student that has not completed the required subjects to commence an engineering Diploma (Pure Mathematics and Physics),” said Pillay.

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