The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET), in partnership with the British Council, is augmenting its initiatives aimed at building a modern, high quality apprenticeship system for the South African market to ensure that it is aligned with the needs of the 21st century. Following the consultation with stakeholders in North West, KwaZulu-Natal and Western Cape involved in the artisanal Centres of Specialisation (CoS) Programme being implemented in TVET colleges, the DHET and British Council have launched the Digital A21 Quality Apprenticeship System Guidelines (A21 Guidelines), The A21 Guidelines identify the roles and responsibilities of eight major stakeholders in the apprenticeship ecosystem, namely employers, apprentices, TVET colleges, sector education and training authorities (SETAs), DHET, Quality Council for Trade & Occupation (QCTO), trade unions and support organisations.
The A21 Digital Guidelines Roadshow is thus aimed at engaging stakeholders involved in the rollout of CoS across all 19 TVET colleges and 26 campuses for additional input towards the A21 Guidelines. Additionally, businesses that want to know more about how they can participate in the CoS programme as host employers are also targeted.
The initial CoS rollout targets 13 priority trades, namely mechanical fitter, boilermaker, electrician, millwright, bricklayer, plumber, automotive mechanic, diesel mechanic, carpenter and joiner, welder, rigger, fitter and turner, and pipe fitter.
The A21 Guidelines are accessible at the website https://nadsc.dhet.gov.za