Department Believes TVET Students Have An Advantage When Finding Employment

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Finding work in South Africa after graduation can be quite difficult. However, the Department of Higher Education and Training believes that TVET students have a greater advantage when it comes to finding employment.

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The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) has revealed that more than 600 000 students have registered at TVET Colleges this year, which will help them expand the sector. The department hopes to reach 2.6 million students by 2030. 

TVET Colleges accept students from Grade 10 and provide them with practical and theoretical exposure. Receiving exposure to the industry is very important in South Africa because it means that students enter the work environment with experience and are well-equipped to deal with any challenge. 

Therefore, Buti Manamela believes TVET students have an advantage when it comes to finding employment. However, many have been reluctant to apply to TVET Colleges because they do not have the same prestige as universities. 

During apartheid, TVET Colleges were referred to as “dom schools”, but they are quite beneficial because they help students gain skills and find employment. Therefore, TVET Colleges have become more attractive to young people who want to immediately enter the working environment in practical careers. 

Currently, there are 26 TVET Colleges in South Africa which focus on high-demand skills, robotics, artificial intelligence and the socioeconomic needs of the country.  These skills will assist the country in dealing with its problems.

“Chances of getting a job as a plumber in South Africa are much higher than getting a job as a lawyer, doctor, or financial advisor,” said Manamela. He believes that the country needs more practical skilled workers. 

Most TVET students are employed before they finish their qualifications because they meet the needs of the country. Due to this reason, more students are encouraged to apply to TVET Colleges. 

In an effort to improve the country’s economy, TVET Colleges aim to produce 30 000 artisans per year by 2030. This target was meant to be achieved at an earlier date, however, due to Covid-19, the date was delayed.

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