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TVET incorporation into DHET, September 2015

​About the TVET incorporation into DHET

The Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Colleges as well as the Community Education and Training (CET) functions were transferred from the provincial education departments to the Department of Higher Education and Training on 1 April 2015. 

The transfer of these functions is in line with the Continuing Education and Training Act, 2006 (Act No. 16 of 2006) (CET Act, 2006).

The CET Act, 2006 which is now the principal act for both the TVET Colleges and CET Colleges introduces new terminology; thus we all need to make sure we apply this new terminology in all our correspondence and interaction with our different stakeholders.

NAMES OF INSTITUTIONS

  • The Further Education and Training (FET) Colleges are known as the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Colleges.
  • A new institutional type named the Community Education and Training (CET) Colleges has been introduced.
  • The Adult Education and Training (AET) Centres or Public Adult Learning Centres (PALC) are now called Community Learning Centres (CLCs) and the respective CLCs are substructures of the CETCs in the region in which they are situated.

TYPES OF INSTITUTIONS

  • There are two types of institutions, namely, public and private colleges.
  • There are two types of public colleges, namely, TVET colleges and CET colleges.
  • There are only private colleges. There are no private TVET colleges or private CET colleges.

LEGAL STATUS

  • The CLCs are not juristic persons and therefore cannot enter into contracts.
  • The CET colleges have been established as legal entities. Only the CET college has the authority to enter into contracts.
  • The CLCs attached to each CETC have to be gazetted in terms of Government Gazette in order to be recognised as a CLC.
  • CLCs are now sites of delivery of learning for the CET colleges and no longer stand alone or independent centres.

GOVERNING STRUCTURES

  • Whereas the erstwhile AET centres were governed by the Centre Governing Bodies (CGB), the CLCs are not governed by CGBs.
  • Instead, the governing structure for the CET college is the CET college council.
  • TVET colleges continue to be governed by the TVET college councils as its substructures include campuses of that specific TVET college as sites of delivery of learning.

CHANGE OF NAMES FOR EDUCATORS AND LEARNERS

  • The erstwhile AET educators are now named CET lecturers.
  • Staff rendering services other than teaching at the colleges are named support staff.
  • The learners at colleges are named students.

EMPLOYEES AT COLLEGES

  • There are two types of employees at the TVET Colleges and CET Colleges.
  • These are staff employed by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) and staff employed by Councils of Public Colleges (TVET and CET Colleges).

QUALIFICATIONS OFFERED IN THE SECTOR

  • In the past, the erstwhile AET sector only involved programmes at the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) level 1.
  • Now, students can study learning and training programmes leading to qualifications or part-qualifications at NQF levels 1 to 4 as contemplated in the National Qualifications Framework Act, 2008 (NQF Act, 2008) (Act No. 67 of 2008).

OFFICES AND LOCATIONS OF THE DHET

  • The DHET has established regional offices in each of the provinces.
  • It is preferred that these are called DHET regional offices to avoid confusion with the Provincial Education Departments (PED).
  • While the Department does have CET College officials of the DHET stationed in some of the PED district offices, the DHET regards these as part of the DHET Regional Office as currently the department do not have DHET district offices in its system.

An electronic copy of this information is available below:
TVET incorporation into DHET, September 2015​

 

Updated: September 2015