There are 50 registered and accredited public FET Colleges in South Africa which operate close to 300 campuses spread across the rural and urban areas of the country. These FET colleges offer vocational or occupational training for specific job or employment possibilities.

In alignment with government’s plans to combat South Africa’s skills shortage, the College of Cape Town has launched its Jewellery Manufacturing Trade Test Centre at their City Campus.



Cassie Kruger (False Bay College Principal and Chief Executive Officer) presents the CEO Award to Kyla Bruins (False Bay College National Certificate Vocational Information Technology Level 4 Student).

Matriculants who want to study tool manufacturing have been invited to enrol at the Nkangala FET College in Middelburg, Mpumalanga. An open day for a career in manufacturing and tool making will also be held at the college's skills campus on 23 January from 9am.

The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) introduced the FET Colleges Bursary Scheme to provide access to vocational education and training at public FET colleges for talented students who are in financial need.

It's that time of year again when many would-be students have been turned away from universities for neglecting to get their applications in on time. However, the issue of limited space also plays a significant role, as universities closed their doors to late applications last week when capacity was reached.

Every year, learners register at bogus colleges for further studies just to find out at the end of the year that they cannot write their exams because they were never registered. Always make sure that you are studying at a registered FET college.

When it comes to studying degrees or diplomas you are fortunate to have many options available in South Africa. Not only do you have many institutions to choose from, but there are also colleges available which focus on vocational and occupational aspects.

DOE FET Colleges Bursary Scheme

In 2007 the Department of Education introduced the FET Colleges Bursary Scheme, and R600 million has been made available nationally for a three-year period. Through the bursary scheme the Department of Education provides access to vocational education and training at public FET Colleges for talented students who are financially needy.

There are many advantages of attending technical schools. However, let’s start by defining the term "technical school".

Public FET Colleges offer a very wide range of courses/programmes that have been developed to respond to the scarce skills needed by employers. Courses vary in duration from a short course of a few hours to formal diploma courses of three years. Naturally the costs of the courses also vary considerably but it is important to remember that Department of Higher Education and Training courses are subsidised by 80% of the delivery cost and for the remaining 20% that would be paid by the student, many full bursaries are available.

As Matriculants nationwide are busy writing their final examinations, the Minister of Higher Education and Training, Blade Nzimande briefed the nation as to HOW the Department of Higher Education and Training's (DHET's) Turnaround Strategy for all 50 Further Education and Training (FET) Colleges across their 264 campuses, will WORK.

About FET Colleges

Where Further Education and Training fits in the education system

Fundamentally the South African education system comprises three broad bands that are referred to as General Education (essentially the first nine years of school education); Further Education and Training (comprising vocational and occupational education and training offered at colleges as well as the last three years of general school education); and Higher Education (Universities and Universities of Technology).

The Minister of Higher Education and Training, Blade Nzimande, announced that government has set its sights on enrolling 4 million students at Further Education and Training (FET) Colleges by 2013. The 2014 enrollment target sits at 1 million (from 657, 690 in 2012). This target forms part of government's comprehensive FET Colleges Turnaround Strategy for all 50 FET Colleges and its 264 campuses, countrywide. Enrollments aside, Minister Nzimande was asked how he envisions an ideal FET College. This is what he said:

We have given you an updated list of Private FET Colleges, to see more on those click here: PRIVATE FET COLLEGES

We now also have a list of the Public FET Colleges straight from the Department of Higher Education and Training. To see what colleges are in your area click here: PUBLIC FET COLLEGES

The Careers Portal spoke to Melody Marescia Academic Manager of Education and Training at the College of Cape Town, about its new National Certificate Vocational (NCV) course in Primary Health.

Are you looking for an FET college in your area? Try some of these accredited colleges. Just click on the college names to go through to their website and find out more.

The Sekhukhune Further Education and Training (FET) College is a South African Public institution accredited by Umalusi and the Further Education and Training Colleges Act (FETC Act no 16 of 2006), and has been registered with the Limpopo Department of Education in terms of the Provincial regulations for registration of institutions. The College emerged as a result of the merger process between two Colleges, namely, CS Barlow and CN Phatudi.

Minister of Higher Education and Training, Dr Blade Nzimande has applauded the City of Tshwane for its decision to give training opportunities to 500 students from Further Education and Training (FET) institutions on an annual basis.

If you are based in South Africa's northern province, Limpopo, the land of myths, legends, beautiful scenery and landscape, as well as majestic Baobab trees, you might want to consider studying at Lethaba Further Education and Training (FET) College.

Applications are invited for Nurse Training at the KwaZulu-Natal College of Nursing in 2013.You can qualify after four (4) years with a General, Psychiatric or Community Nursing Diploma, or a Midwifery Diploma.

Are you interested in a career within the Engineering, Electrical, Hospitality, IT or Office administration industry? At Lephale Furhther Education and Training (FET) College in Limpopo you can choose from a variety of career options to advance your future in the way you want.

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