Make The Right Decision

The FET (Further Education & Training) sector with its 50 colleges and 263 campuses nationally, is the primary site for skills-development training. Are all FET Colleges Accredited? Do the following to ensure that the course you want to enrol for, and the college you want to attend, is accredited. l If you intend to enrol for a nationally recognised qualification, request written proof from the college that the qualification is registered on the NQF. The NQF ID number should be in evidence, or check whether it is registered by going to the website for the South African Qualifications Authority – www.saqa.ov.za l Ask for evidence (this should be a certificate) that the provider is registered with the Department of Basic Education, or the Department of Higher Education and Training, to offer specific national qualifications. (continued) Also request evidence that the college is with the Department of Higher Education and Training. The college should present you with a registration number; and, l Request proof from the college that it has approval or accreditation from the relevant SETA, Umalusi or the Council for Higher Education, to offer the qualification. – colleges.co.za l There are two types of programmes that are on offer at FET colleges, namely, vocational and occupational training. l The first leads to the national certificate vocational qualification, known as the NC (V). The programmes offered in this category, are designed to equip students with the necessary skills for their future career development in the workplace. l The occupational training programmes, on the other hand, include skills programmes and learnerships offered at FET colleges. They are a sector accredited by the Setas and aim to train individuals in a specific trade, for self-employment or formal employment in the workplace. l Prospective students and their parents should take into account that programmes at FET colleges are meant not only for Grade 12 graduates, but also for all youth categorised as “neets” (not in education, employment or training). l They are included because programmes at FET ­colleges are also meant to refresh training and improve skills. l Being specific when choosing a course or programme is always advised, different FET’s offer specified courses which are designed to marry practical and theory. These vocational programmes create opportunities for thousands of Grade 12 graduates to access education and training in specific fields.

The Star 25 January 2012 – Abridged.