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The impact of National Certificatevocational on the continued learning: Patterns and destinations of the FET colleges engineering graduates in the North West province

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Mashongoane, Thabo Shadrack


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The study was triggered by a quest to respond to the skills shortage and the inadequacy of the outdated National Education Programmes for Technical Colleges to provide the needed human resources. 'The NC (V) programmes are intended to respond directly to the priority skills demands of the modern South African economy by exposing students to high skills and knowledge' (DHET 2009:5). The Government Notice number 28677 (DoE, 2005: 82) on the policy for the National Certificate (Vocational) states that 'the NC (V) at L4 on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) enables students to acquire the necessary knowledge, practical skills, applied competence and understanding required for employment in a particular occupation or trade, or class of occupations or trades, or entrance into Higher Education.' The research by Cosser et al. (2011:118) noted that all colleges and college campuses in the North West Province are situated in municipalities in which 20% - 60% of the unemployed are of employable age. Eight of the college campuses are situated in the areas where the rate of unemployment is between 20% - 40%. Six campuses of Taletso, Orbit and Vuselela are situated in municipalities where the rate of unemployment is higher than 40%. This factor is a serious impediment to students who are looking for employment within the municipalities they are studying in. In the North West Province, 9 of the 11 FET college campuses are within the middle poverty rate category, while the other two are in the lower poverty category (Cosser, 2011:129). The research problem is stated as follows: What impact does the NC (V) qualification has on the destination of the graduates?

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