Opportunities For TVET College Students Made Available

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The curricula of South African public universities and TVET colleges goes through thorough review and assessments to ensure that the skills offered in these institutions are relevant to helping boost the national economy. Currently, the government has an opportunity for a cohort of students that have a scarce skill under their belts.

 


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The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) will be providing at least 100 000 opportunities for theoretical and practical workplace training for youth.

Established Centres of Specialisation are based in more than 20 public TVET colleges, and they continue to focus on employer-linked, quality training in thirteen (13) designated trades.

Artisan training also forms part of this employer-linked, quality training.

In the 2018/2019 financial year, DHET had trained registered around 29 982 artisans, however, things slowed down in the 2020/2021 financial year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Department of Higher Education and Training and the Department of Home Affairs signed a Memorandum of Agreement in January 2020 to facilitate the development of the critical skills list.

To read further on critical skills needed in South Africa, click here.

According to an official statement, released after Health Minister, Dr. Joe Phaahla had been briefing media on the work of the government’s Social Cluster after the State of the Nation Address, the minister announced:

We will also be prioritising a minimum of 10 000 TVET [Technical and Vocational Education and Training] students, who will be placed in various sectors of our economy, in collaboration with the Sector Education and Training Authority (SETAs) from 1 April 2022.

It is said that learners will be paid a learnership allowance as per regulated in terms of the National Minimum Wage Act 2018.

To access the full National Minimum Wage Act document, click here.

According to Health Minister, Dr. Joe Phaahla, last year in April, the government increased the apprenticeship learner grant from R165 000 to R206 290 to employers hosting apprentices for the duration of their apprenticeship. 

It has been reported that this takes forward the work of the National Skills Accord and Youth Employment Accord that was signed on 13 July 2011 and 18 April 2013.

This is when companies were committed to availing 12 000 placements or internship spaces available for students who complete their certificates at TVET Colleges.


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