The Department of Higher Education has recently announced it plans to fast-track the process of assisting TVET Colleges by supporting innovative programmes and initiatives on campuses. Here how the department aims to achieve this objective.
The Department of Higher Education has recently revealed that they plan to assist TVET Colleges by supporting innovative programmes and initiatives on campuses.
Minister of Higher Education, Blade Nzimande, announced on the department’s social media platform that the Department of Science and Innovative (DSI) is working with TVET Colleges to boost innovation projects and programmes on campuses.
I have asked the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) to assist TVET Colleges by supporting innovative programmes and initiatives on campuses. The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) must also help in introducing entrepreneurship programmes in our colleges.
The programme is a part of the department’s mission to provide an integrated, coordinated, and clearly articulate post school and education training (PSET) system for better economic participation and social development of our young and adults, since August is TVET month.
The White Paper for PSET mandates that Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) be a central component of college programmes and that the degree to which students can get placements in the workplace must be used as an important indicator for assessing the performance of institution management, was also a factor in the decision, according to a statement released on Saturday, 27 July.
One of our core responsibilities as leaders is to break down barriers to opportunities by creating pathways for young people to access skills training programmes, access workplace-based training, articulate into higher education, and pursue self-employment without any hindrance.
He further stated that the expansion of workplace-based learning opportunities for students has proven to be a challenge in the TVET college sector.
During his State of the Nation Address on 10 February earlier this year, President Cyril Ramaphosa ordered the Department of Higher Education and Training to, among other things, hire 10 000 jobless TVET graduates by April 2022.