TVET col­le­ges of­fer practi­cal trai­ning

George Herald - - HEALTH & BEAUTY -

The fu­tu­re of young a­dults has be­co­me a hot to­pic as Gra­de 12s get re­a­dy to tackle pre­lims be­fo­re em­bar­king on t­heir Na­ti­o­nal Se­ni­or Cer­ti­fi­ca­te (NSC) fi­nal ex­a­mi­na­ti­ons in Oc­to­ber.

Ma­ny are unsu­re of w­hat t­hey will stu­dy next y­e­ar and w­het­her t­heir pa­rents will be a­ble to af­ford t­heir ter­ti­a­ry e­du­ca­ti­on, or if t­hey will be lucky e­nough to se­cu­re a burs­a­ry for 2018.

Techni­cal and Vo­ca­ti­o­nal E­du­ca­ti­on and

Trai­ning (TVET) col­le­ges, which re­sort un­der the De­part­ment of Hig­her E­du­ca­ti­on, of­fer an af­for­da­ble al­ter­na­ti­ve to stu­dents who are not en­rol­led at ot­her in­sti­tu­ti­ons. The South Ca­pe TVET col­le­ge of­fers N4 - N6 cour­ses t­hat will e­na­ble stu­dents to obtain a na­ti­o­nal di­plo­ma af­ter con­clu­ding 18 mont­hs' practi­cal trai­ning. For stu­dents who would li­ke to ven­tu­re do­wn the ar­ti­san rou­te, the South Ca­pe Col­le­ge, Mos­sel Bay cam­pus al­so of­fers N1 - N3 techni­cal cour­ses. T­he­se form part of the De­part­ment of Hig­her E­du­ca­ti­on's ar­ti­san de­ve­lop­ment i­ni­ti­a­ti­ve cal­led the 'De­ca­de of the Ar­ti­san'.

De­pen­dent on a­vai­la­ble fun­ding, the col­le­ge will ta­ke the stu­dent through t­heir cur­ri­cu­lum-ba­sed mo­du­lar trai­ning, af­ter which he or she will be pla­ced at a workplace for 18 mont­hs of practi­cal trai­ning. A stu­dent can on­ly be tra­de tes­ted on­ce the practi­cal trai­ning is com­ple­ted. To en­s­u­re the bro­a­der com­mu­ni­ties within the Gar­den Rou­te and Litt­le Karoo re­gi­on are a­wa­re of the va­ri­ous cour­ses of­fe­red at TVET col­le­ge cam­pu­ses, com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on of­fi­cers are con­ducting out­re­ach pro­gram­mes throug­hout the y­e­ar. Spea­king to a stu­dent is on­ly the be­gin­ning. It is of the ut­most im­por­tan­ce t­hat e­ach stu­dent's pa­rents are al­so re­a­ched, as t­hey are the de­ci­si­on ma­kers of fa­mi­lies and wit­hout the buy-in of the pa­rent or gu­ar­di­an it is very dif­fi­cult for stu­dents to set off on t­heir ca­reer pat­hs.

Stu­dents are en­coura­ged to vi­sit t­heir ne­a­rest TVET cam­pus to le­arn which cour­ses are a­vai­la­ble to them. Mo­re in­for­ma­ti­on is a­vai­la­ble on the web­si­te­col­le­ Al­so en­qui­re a­bout the fi­nan­ci­al aid op­por­tu­ni­ties a­vai­la­ble. Rat­her than sit­ting at ho­me, go ma­ke so­me­thing hap­pen.

A stu­dent can on­ly be tra­de tes­ted on­ce the practi­cal trai­ning is com­ple­ted.

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