Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Colleges | Western Cape Government

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 1 of your goals, then studying at a Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) college might be suited for you. With a choice from 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. 

TVET Colleges fall under the national Department of Higher Education and Training, equipped to educate and train at a tertiary level to provide you with your pathway to career success.

TVET Colleges focus on vocational and occupational education and training, preparing students to become functional workers in a skilled trade.


Why you should consider going to a TVET college 

Who can attend a TVET college? 
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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.

A big benefit of attending a TVET college is the high focus on the employability of students where part of the curriculum requires the students to complete experiential training (internships and apprenticeships) which helps build up experience on your CV.

Not all colleges offer the same courses. First do some research on courses offered by colleges which interest you. TVET colleges offer courses in the hospitality, food service, and tourism industries, hair care, early childhood development, and management (financial, human resource, marketing, and administration, to name a few).

There are 50 TVET colleges across South Africa, of which 6 are located in the Western Cape. This means that almost every major region in the Western Cape has a TVET College campus. The courses offered are accredited and independently monitored to ensure they meet quality standards and accreditation by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO), meaning that the quality of education and training is internationally benchmarked.

Where are the TVET colleges in the Western Cape?

College of Cape Town for TVET (Central Metropole District)
334 Albert Road, Salt River, Cape Town, 7001 
Tel: 021 404 6700

False Bay TVET College (South Metropole)
131 Main Road, Muizenberg, 7945 
Tel: 021 787 0800

Four students sitting in the library studying Northlink TVET College (North Metropole)
80 Voortrekker Road, Bellville 7530 
Tel: 021 970 9000

West Coast TVET College (West Coast/Winelands)
48 Voortrekker Road, Malmesbury, 7299 
Tel: 022 482 1143

Boland TVET College (Breërivier/Overberg)
85 Bird Street, Stellenbosch 7599, South Africa 
Tel: 021 886 7111/2
Fax: 021 886 8260

South Cape TVET College (South Cape/Karoo)
125 Mitchell Street, George, 6529 
Tel: 044 884 0359

How much does it cost to attend a TVET college?

You need to contact the college of your choice for the specific cost of the course you would like to study.

The colleges are 80% subsidised by the government, meaning fees are affordable. Those who can’t afford to pay the fees can enquire about applying for the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) bursaries. 

For general enquiries about NSFAS loans and bursaries:

Tel: 0860 067 327   

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

The content on this page was last updated on 6 April 2023