TVET col­leges are central to ad­dress­ing skills gaps

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STRONGER TVET COL­LEGES will im­prove the pro­vi­sion of tech­ni­cal qual­i­fi­ca­tions.

Tech­ni­cal and Vo­ca­tional Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing (TVET) col­leges are a high pri­or­ity for gov­ern­ment be­cause they play a crit­i­cal role in ad­dress­ing the cur­rent skills gaps in South Africa.

That is ac­cord­ing to Higher Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing Min­is­ter Naledi Pan­dor who was speak­ing at the of­fi­cial open­ing of Capri­corn Col­lege for TVET’s Central Of­fice in Polok­wane in Lim­popo.

The col­lege opened its Central Of­fice in the city to en­sure the smooth run­ning of its four cam­puses based in Polok­wane, Seshego, Sen­wabar­wana and Ramok­gopa. These in­sti­tu­tions pro­vide ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion to about 18 000 stu­dents.

Min­is­ter Pan­dor said stronger col­leges will ex­pand the pro­vi­sion of mid-level tech­ni­cal and oc­cu­pa­tional qual­i­fi­ca­tions that will lead di­rectly into paid work for the grow­ing num­bers of young peo­ple leav­ing the school­ing sys­tem.

“Gov­ern­ment wants more young peo­ple to at­tain skills and com­pe­ten­cies that will help them find jobs or cre­ate their own en­ter­prises,” she said.

She said col­leges are able to es­tab­lish links with in­dus­try so they can in­crease em­ploy­ment prospects of stu­dents.

The Act­ing Prin­ci­pal of the col­lege Amos Thema told

that it was nec­es­sary for the col­lege to have a central of­fice so that it can con­tinue to pro­vide ed­u­ca­tion to stu­dents without un­nec­es­sary hin­drances.

“When the col­lege opened its doors in 2003 we only had about 7000 stu­dents but now we have grown in leaps and bounds and it had be­come dif­fi­cult to run the col­lege without hav­ing a central of­fice,” he said.

Al­though each cam­pus had its own ad­min­is­tra­tive block, Thema said core ad­min­is­tra­tion work is done at the central of­fice, and that the of­fice was needed to ac­com­mo­date about 100 staff mem­bers who could no longer be ac­com­mo­dated on cam­puses due to lim­ited space.

The newly re­vamped sta­teof-the-art six-story build­ing con­sists of about 64 of­fices, park­ing, three board­rooms, two staffrooms, two cham­bers, three store-rooms and a well­ness room.

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