There are 50 public TVET (Technical and Vocational Education Training) colleges in the country- check their list

TVET colleges have not a good reputation (the pass rate is sometimes very low; teachers are not very motivated; teaching is too rhetorical...) but some of them are good (like the Germiston TVET).

You can register at TVET colleges in January after your Matric.

What do they offer?

They offer a wide range of studies in engineering/artisans, services (hairdressing, child care, cosmetology, catering, commercial, tourism), business (secretary, financial, clerical work), computers, arts, agriculture, etc.

Central Johannesburg College, for instace,  offers studies in Engineering (electrical, civil, building), Business (Management, marketing, finance, office admin), Tourism & Hospitality, IT. It has 9 campus (including one in Alex).

The studies are more practical than at Universities and sometimes more appropriate to work requirements. For instance, if you study accounting, you will do 18 months of theory and 18 months of internship in a company. At the end, you will get National Diploma, equivalent the one you get at University.  But you will have work experience and many employers prefer to hire someone who is already trained for the job.

You will sometimes find a job more easily and salaries are good - Electrical technician can earn R15000-38 000 per month - Land surveyor R 10 000-35 000 - Executive assistant R 10 000 to 40 000 - softwar developer R 15 000 to R 60 000 (2016 figures)/

There are also plenty of job opportunities for artisans, like electricians, carpenters, plumbers, etc.

The 3 years studies lead to a:

-       NCV (National Certificate Vocational) certificate:  an industry focused, 3 years certificate for learners who completed Grade 9.  The certificate is equivalent to Matric (NQF level 4). Actually students who enter with a Grade 11 or 12 are far more likely to graduate.
-       Nated (Nated National Technical Education) programmes : for learners who have completed Grade 12 lead to a national diploma (NQF level 6)

TVET colleges offer also bridging courses in Math, Science and other subjects.
Students who qualify for financial assistance can get a bursary from NSFAS (see separate page NSFAS on this blog). 

.With a N3 or N4 diploma from a TVET college, can you go to Varsity ?
The decision is taken by the head of faculty and you need outstanding results. 

Our advice:

  • Compare NCV courses at different colleges. Not every colleges offer all options.  If the college is far from home, check if it offers boarding facilities

  • Visit the TVET College before enrolling with them, speak to learners and teachers and ask for career advice. One department in a college can be excellent while the other is the opposite. You need to do your own research... It is important to find out if the college is linked to an employer network (it will be easier to find a job once you graduate: find out from the college the percentage of its graduates that finds work and in what kind of jobs).
  • Check the level of the certificate (level 5-8)

  • Check registration dates, every Semester to be able to book your place and avoid disappointment. Some studies, like Engineering, are full after 2 days. 

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