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First national TVET Lecture Development Centre

30 September 2020 News

Germany’s KfW Development Bank and the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) signed an agreement on the establishment of the first in-service skills development centre for TVET lecturers placed at the Ekurhuleni East College.

The agreement, which is part of the bilateral development cooperation between Germany and South Africa, provides for a grant to DHET in the amount of R136 million.

The centre will offer training for lecturers from TVET colleges across South Africa in the fields of electrical and mechanical engineering. These areas offer important potential for employment and growth of South Africa’s manufacturing sector. The centre is intended to improve quality of teaching and thereby addressing shortfalls at TVET colleges and ultimately, South Africa’s critical youth unemployment crisis. The project will feed into current policy reform processes by the DHET in the TVET lecturer qualification field and will help address minimum qualification requirements and the development of a framework for Continuous Professional Development (CPD). Students’ qualifications will be more relevant to the marketplace and ensure that graduates are more employable.

“We look forward to supporting the South African government to improve the quality of teaching by college lecturers and to strengthen links with industry in order to enhance employment opportunities for young people,” said Dr Thomas Duve, director of southern Africa at KfW.

Turning to the broader context, Gerda Magnus, chief director of Curriculum Innovation at DHET, explained that, in terms of the National Strategic Framework for the implementation of the National Development Plan (NDP), the DHET’s main objective is to ensure that there is a skilled and capable workforce to support economic growth.

Magnus stated: “It is the mission of the DHET to develop capable, well-educated and skilled citizens who can compete in a sustainable, diversified and knowledge-intensive international economy which meets the development goals of the country.”

Germany has contributed approximately R35 billion in official development assistance to South Africa since 1994. Current cooperation focuses on the priority areas of green economy, technical and vocational education and training/skills development, good governance and public administration, as well as HIV prevention.




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