Germany-based KfW Development Bank has signed an agreement with the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) to establish an in-service skills development centre for technical and vocational education and training (TVET) lecturers, at the Ekurhuleni East College.
The agreement, which is part of the bilateral development cooperation between Germany and South Africa, provides for a R136-million, or €8.25-million, grant to DHET.
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 address shortfalls at TVET colleges and, ultimately, help South Africa overcome its 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