Vhembe TVET College is one of the fifty public TVET colleges, mandated by government to proactively assist the government in addressing the triple challenges that have the potential of crippling the economy. The triple challenges namely are -: Poverty, Unemployment and inequality. This effort to alleviate the scourge of these challenges is believed to be through education and training, and Vhembe TVET College is uniquely positioned to address the scourge.

The government have spent a huge amount of money researching and finding out which courses would be responsive to the demographics of South Africa and bridge the skills gap that exist in the country. A number of engineering course and business courses were identified and subsequently the Higher Education Council endorsed the courses identified. All public TVET colleges have two programmes namely -: NCV (National Certificate Vocational) and NATED (National Technical Education Diploma).

There is a misconception that exists within the minds of many people. Most still think that TVET colleges are for the academically challenged. Which is absolutely not true. This TVET model worked in reviving the German economy post world war II. TVET college is the best way to fast track one’s career as opposed to other conventional way of furthering studies post grade 12. In the other programme (NVC) it prepares learners at an early age, see the table below -:


  • He/She starts at Level 2- Will be studying Electrical Infrastructure Construction
  • He/She progresses to Level 3
  • He/She progresses to Level 4
  • Every level the learner passes we issue them with a certificate

LEANER B (Conventional Schooling)

  • He/She will be in Grade 10- Will be studying Caps curriculum
  • He/She progress to Grade 11
  • He/She progresses to Grade 12
  • Each grade they pass they get a report

The above compares the two learners. The one at an TVET will be studying exactly what the industry is looking for and the one in conventional schooling will be studying generic curriculum which is not necessarily responsive to the industry. After both of them finishes their studies should a Job opportunity arises, the one who stands a better chance of getting employment, is the one who have studied through an TVET because he/she would have studied what would be relevant to the industry.

The same happens in a case where they both want to pursue the same course at a university or university of technology. There one who will have difficulty in their first year of tertiary will be the one who is from grade 12.