Major success in developing TVET leadership in a blended learning context

    TVET college managers have an integral role in shaping and transforming the quality of training offered within their colleges, and positioning them as centres of excellence. Strengthened institutional capacity is a critical success factor in tackling the mismatch between demand and supply of skills and addressing pervasive youth unemployment ...
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    Plumbing industry endorses In-Company Mentor Training Programme

    The Institute of Plumbing South Africa (IOPSA) recently endorsed the updated incompany mentor training programme. According to Training Manager Nick Joubert IOPSA formally approved the training programme for their members and in addition, the Professional Institute of Registered Plumbers (PIRB) awarded this training programme eight Continuous Professional Development (CPD) points for plumbing professionals registered with the PIRB ...
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  • Installation, Repair and Maintenance (IRM) Green Skills TVET College Intervention

    First cohort starts training at Ekurhuleni East TVET College

    National Business Initiative (NBI)
    The IRM Green Skills TVET college intervention rolled out the first group of 40 candidates who embarked on an industry-recognised “Technical Plumbing Assistant” programme at Ekurhuleni East TVET College on 7th September 2019, comprising 12-week work-readiness and technical training in plumbing and solar water heater installation and maintenance ...
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  • STEM Summer School – School for the Future

      Part 3: A School for the Future on Vimeo. „…a very exciting programme, that we are working with, together with GIZ. It is the Dual System Pilot Project DSPP, and we are very proud to be associated with this initiative…“ Kevin Pillay CEO, Siemens Mobility, South Africa
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  • The SD4GE together with the DSPP participates in the 9th Pan African TVET Colleges Conference

    The International Association of Colleges (IAC) in Southern Africa hosted the 9th Pan African TVET Colleges Conference in Cape Town, South Africa on the 18-19 October 2018, focused on the theme, “Educating for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR)”. The conference was attended by 130 stakeholders from TVET and FET Colleges, representatives from Industry, National Government and Academia as well as representatives from the international community.
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  • Vocational Training Partnership Project between the Kreishandwerkerschaft Steinfurt-Warendorf and Umfolozi TVET College

    Phumlani Vernon Simamane is one of 90 young men and women trained in the Construction Center of Excellence at the Esikhawini Campus Umfolozi TVET College in Richards Bay, South Africa, as plumber, carpenters and bricklayers modeled on the German dual apprenticeship training system. It is a project within the framework of the Vocational Training Partnership between the Kreishandwerkerschaft Steinfurt-Warendorf and Umfolozi TVET College, which is funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development since November 2015.
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  • Lecturer Training for Renewable Technologies

    Editor’s note: The following article and photographs submitted by Tanja Merensky-Hartinger were prepared by ‘Skills Development and Employment Programmes’, an initiative of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).
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  • College pilots Dual System Apprenticeship Training model

    The Dual System Apprenticeship Training model, which has been applied with great success in Germany, Switzerland and Austria, has recently been introduced to South Africa under the auspices of the German GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit/ The German Association for International Co-operation).
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  • Promoting Artisanship in the Green Economy

    Skilled labour is the backbone of every economy. Germany is proud of implementing several skills and employment programmes in cooperation with our partners from National Treasury and the Department of Higher Education and Training.
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  • Renewable Energy elective subject off to a start

    Port Elizabeth TVET College is one of seven colleges that participated nationally in 2015 in an initiative to roll-out the elective subject Renewable Energy Technologies NCV level 2. The subject forms part of the Electrical Infrastructure Construction programme. Forty students were enrolled for the first examination ...
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  • Joint German-South African symposium on TVET

    On the occasion of the President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma’s visit to Germany in November 2015, the South African Embassy in Berlin, together with Mc Kinsey, is hosting a ‘Symposium on Youth Skills Development and Employment Creation’. Development cooperation in the area of Skills Development and TVET between the two countries has a long history. Currently, the main programmes, implemented by GIZ on behalf of BMZ, focus on: (i) Skills development and employment, (ii) Entrepreneurship, (iii) Green economy.
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  • Europe: TVET trainees unable to find jobs

    Countries with a dual system show better results

    A recently published study reveals that in many European countries, young people are left without career prospects. Statistics show that in early 2014, a total of 5.5 million young people in the European Union were jobless, a 22% unemployment rate among this age group.
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  • How do the new RET textbooks mediate learning?

    Student at Rhodes University researches this question for his dissertation

    Renewable Energy Technologies (RET) is a new NC(V) optional subject. The first 4 student books for NQF level 2 were developed for the 2015 curriculum and will be available in a revised edition for the 2016 curriculum, accompanied by a lecturer guide.
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  • The low carbon path is cheaper in the long run Report “Energy Darwinism II” shows why

    A recent report published by Citigroup US examines the likely costs of different energy sources. Findings in the report forecast that the funds to be spent on energy (both capital expenditure and fuel) over the next quarter century will be unimaginably large, at around US$200 trillion. The energy industry is faced with choices, and the report outlines two scenarios: 1) a business as usual or 'inaction' on climate change scenario, and 2) a different energy mix that offers a lower carbon alternative.
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  • Germany participates in SAIREC

    In October 2015, South Africa will become the first country in Africa to host the International Renewable Energy Conference – SAIREC. It provides a global platform for government, private sector and civil society leaders to advance renewable energy.
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  • Looking for skilled workers?

    What the Work Based Exposure Programme offers companies

    Despite unemployment figures being staggeringly high in South Africa, companies struggle to fill their vacancies with adequately skilled candidates. It is clear that the skills of current students are not matched to the requirements of industry. In addition, students often do not have an understanding of work culture or work ethics.
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  • Building a bridge between schooling and work

    10 students spend two weeks at GIZ in Pretoria

    South Africa has one of the worst youth-unemployment problems in the world. One large contributing factor to this statistic is the clear mismatch between the skills taught at school and those required by the economy and industry as a whole. The Work Based Exposure Programme (WBE) is an effective and innovative way to bridge the gap between the world of school and the world of work: TVET college NCV students get to spend time in organisations and get the chance to see what employers are looking for, gain exposure, gain experience and prepare for the working world accordingly.
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  • Germany is world champion in plumbing!

    South Africa takes part in the WorldSkills Competition for the first time

    The recently held WorldSkills Competition, the biggest vocational education and skills excellence event in the world, saw a German winner in plumbing: Nathanael Liebergeld, aged 21. He is an apprentice in an occupational qualification programme (dual system), learning in both a plumbing & heating company in his home town as well as in a TVET college and training Center.
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