Vhembe TVET College was established in 1963 under the name Bantu State School. In 1967 the school was then named Bantu Trade School due to its diversity.
In 1985 the school was renamed to Finyazwanda College until 1992 when it was renamed Technical College of Venda (Techniven) until 2003. In 2003 we became known as Vhembe FET College until 2014.
Today the college has six campuses; Makwarela Campus, Tshisimani Campus, Mashamba Campus, Mavhoi Campus, Thengwe Campus , Shingwedzi Campus and Makhado Satellite Campus and is known as Vhembe TVET College.
Vhembe TVET College is located in the Vhembe District Municipality, which is in the far north of the Limpopo Province. The District is comprised of four municipalities, namely, Thulamela, Makhado, Lim 345 (Collins Chabane Municipality) and Musina, with the seat located in Thohoyandou. It covers 21, 000km2 or 18% of the province. The college has six campuses, namely, Makwarela, Mashamba, Mavhoi, Tshisimani, Thengwe and recently launched Shingwedzi. The Central Office of Vhembe TVET College is situated in Sibasa about 3km from Makwarela Campus, about 49km from Mavhoi, 77km from Mashamba and 31km from Tshisimani Campus, 29 km from Thengwe Campus which is situated at Mutale area and is specialising in learnerships and short skills courses and also offers NCV and Report 191 Business studies programmes. The college and the DHET launched the established Shingwedzi Campus at Malamulele area to open in 2017 which is 42km from Central Office and a satellite at Musina.
The economic activity in the area is characterized by small enterprises, e.g. agricultural activities, tourism and mining, car servicing, and welding; distributed among the rural settlement. Unemployment and poverty and inequality are huge problems. The unemployment rate is incredibly high, much more than the provincial average. There is shortage of infrastructure and big industries for the placement of students and lecturers.