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Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Colleges

What is a Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) college?

If having a good paying job or a business of your own is one of your goals, then studying at a Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) college might be suited for you. With a wide variety of courses to choose from, a TVET college education can provide you with all the necessary skills and knowledge you need for your career choice. Students on college steps

Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) is post-high school education and training that prepares you for your career of choice.

TVET Colleges prepare you for the workplace as well as further and higher education opportunities. The education and training is vocational and occupational, and offers a route that can be followed towards becoming a worker in a skilled trade.

TVET Colleges are part of the Department of Higher Education and Training and are fully equipped to educate, train and provide you with your pathway to success.

Read more about TVET Colleges.

Who can attend a TVET college? 

As part of the Higher Education system, TVET Colleges accept students who've completed Grade 9, 10, 11 or 12 at high school level. University post-graduates can also enrol for courses at TVET Colleges for more practical exposure. TVET colleges have a high focus on the employability of students and are most effective at preparing students for employment in a very wide range of fields.
Student mechanic
Various courses are on offer also include: 

  • engineering (construction, electrical and mechanical), 
  • information communication technology (ICT), and
  • computer networking. 

There's a full range of courses serving the hospitality, food service and tourism industries, haircare, early childhood development, management (financial, human resource , marketing, administration) to mention a few.

There are 50 colleges across South Africa, which collectively have more than 264 campuses. Currently, 6 TVET colleges are located in the Western Cape. This means that almost every major region in the Western Cape has a TVET College campus. The colleges are externally quality assured (The courses on offer are accredited and independently monitored to ensure that they meet quality standards) as well as accredited by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO). This means that the quality of education and training is internationally benchmarked.

For further information, contact details or direct email enquiry facilities, visit the TVET Colleges website

How much does it cost to attend a TVET college?
You need to contact the college of your choice for the specific cost for the course you would like to study.

The colleges are 80% subsidised by government, meaning that the fees are affordable. For those who cant afford to pay the fees can enquire about applying for the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) bursaries. 

Why you should consider going to a TVET college 

For general enquiries about NSFAS loans and bursaries:

Tel: 0860 067 327   

Where are the TVET colleges in the Western Cape?

College of Cape Town for TVET (Central Metropole District)PO Box 1054, Cape Town, 8000
Tel: 086 010 3682
Fax: 086 615 0582

False Bay TVET College (South Metropole)
Private Bag X25, Tokai, 7966
Tel: 021 787 0800
Fax: 021 788 2533
Students sitting around the table discussing work.Northlink TVET College (North Metropole)
Private Bag X1, Panorama, 7506
Tel: 086 006 5465
Fax: 086 027 8839

West Coast TVET College (West Coast/Winelands)
P O Box 694, Malmesbury, 7299
Tel: 022 482 1143

Boland TVET College (Breërivier/Overberg)
Private Bag X5012, Stellenbosch, 7599
Tel: 021 886 7111/2
Fax: 021 886 8260

South Cape TVET College (South Cape/Karoo)
Private Bag X6548, George, 6530
Tel: 044 884 0359
Fax: 044 884 0361

Visit the TVET Colleges website for more information.

Use the following map to find TVET colleges in the Western Cape

The content on this page was last updated on 20 May 2019