Technical College Responsiveness: Learner Destinations and Labour Market Environments in South Africa

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This text analyses how technical colleges have responded to the emerging field of further education and training (FET) in South Africa. The data and theories presented are the result of research conducted by the Human Sciences Research Council, including surveys of technical college graduates and employers on their satisfaction with college graduates and institutional profiles of local labor markets. The international case studies of vocational and technical education demonstrate the interrelatedness of education and training systems.
 

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Page 36 - Legislators, senior officials and managers Professionals Technicians and associate professionals - Clerks Service workers and shop and market sales workers Skilled agricultural and fishery workers...
Page 8 - Owen (2001: 8) found that staff were much more likely to feel valued within a college that had 'an embedded culture of continuous improvement - rather than one of blame - which encouraged bottom-up initiatives within a clearly understood framework'.
Page 99 - There are long-standing complaints that the South African economy has tended towards an underdevelopment of crucial intermediate level skills. Whilst there has been a radical shift towards black employment at these levels in the past 25 years, it appears that the South African economy may face serious constraints in successfully expanding production for domestic and international markets in areas such as manufacturing because of the weak skills base.
Page 9 - ... and, thus, weakens the profession's overall standing. She adds that most FE teachers who deliver technical and vocational subjects retain strong allegiances to their first occupational identity (as formed in industry or commerce). Moving into a college can, therefore, be a stressful experience if those preformed occupational identities are threatened or disregarded.
Page 6 - A college in one area has been successful in promoting courses for the Sikh community at a local community centre, the local hospital and an Asian women's group. As part of this programme, the college offers open learning workshops and a home-study service. The provision was effectively marketed in the local Punjabi-speaking community as a result of a bilingual advertising campaign on local radio.
Page 6 - However, the lack of such facilities on site was a limiting factor, and the college corporation decided to build a specialist poultry unit using industrial sponsorship. Over the next three years, a total of 45 industrial sponsors provided cash or equipment, allowing the college to build a modern facility ... The unit is run as a business partnership with industry, and now provides central training for large poultry firms.
Page 3 - Community colleges are invisible, right? I mean, many people don't see community colleges. They're not institutions like the university; they're looked on as kind of very low-status. Teachers in community colleges ... really need to think...
Page 3 - Colleges are the adaptive layer in the education system. Shock waves from the worlds of work, politics or the family often rebound off school walls or ivory towers, but frequently permeate further education.
Page 9 - And when flexible learning actually means being left alone in front of a computer screen or simply being shown where the library is, most learners will crave time with a knowledgeable teacher.
Page 5 - The displacement of responsibility for economic failure and decline from the political and economic arenas to the educational and training institutions (and the individuals within them) has had the effect of distorting public policy debate about the relationship between economic change, education and employment.

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