Please find for your interest the quarterly TVET College Times for December 2018:
http://www.orbitcollege.co.za/TVET%20College%20Times_December%202018.pdf

African Journals Online: Open Access Titles promotes access to African Research.  These journals cover a wide variety of disciplines that you may find interesting, and include the South African Journal of EducationEthiopian Journal of Education and Sciences, and theGlobal Journal of Educational Research.  For free access to articles please follow the link: 
https://www.ajol.info/index.php/index/browse/alpha?letter=oa

QCTO Symposium held on the 21st of February 2019 did not deliver on any progress in ensuring that skills training and initiatives are streamlined and mapped to Industry needs. The focus of the Symposium was presentations delivered by public institutions regarding measurement of skills training within these colleges. However, this information is significantly outdated and does not contribute towards a productive skills analysis system. The process flow of accreditation moving from the SETAs to the QCTO was not addressed or discussed at all and this is a crucial matter at this time.
The presentations from the Symposium are available on the QCTO website under latest notices or click on the below link:
http://www.qcto.org.za/index.php/news?layout=table

Updated centralised application system for higher education in pipeline.
The cabinet says the government is committed to opening up and ensuring wider access to the post-school education and training system.
Read full article here: https://www.businesslive.co.za/bd/national/2019-02-28-centralised-application-system-for-higher-education-in-pipeline/

Law degree from private HE institution deemed as good as from a University, court rules.
The high court in Pietermaritzburg has ruled that there should be no distinction between a law qualification obtained from a public institution, such as the University of Pretoria, and from an accredited private institution. 
Read the full article here: https://www.timeslive.co.za/news/south-africa/2019-02-26-law-degree-from-private-college-as-good-as-from-university-court-rules/

World Skills South African and Artisan Career Festival was held from the 22 to 25 February at the ICC Durban and APPETD’s CEO attended the opening ceremony on invitation from the DHET. The Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training, Mr Buti Manamela, addressed guests and confirmed South Africa`s commitment and role in contributing to a globally competitive workforce. The focus of this festival is on artisan careers and the opportunity for industry and providers to nominate learners to participate in the World Skills International Competition, which will be held in Kazan, Russia from the 22 to 27 August 2019. APPETD is proud to serve on the World Skills South Africa committee and will in future be actively involved in ensuring private provider participation. Please visit www.worldskillssa.dhet.gov.za/ for more information.

The NSA will convene the NSA Skills Conference and Award Ceremony2019 as per dates below and APPETD is proud to be a part of this important conference. APPETD’s CEO will deliver a presentation with the topic of “The role of private providers in skills development” and we further commit to supporting the skills development initiatives by presenting a pledge at this conference. 
Please visit www.nationalskillsauthority.org.za/ for more information.

Should you have any queries of comments for APPETD, please do not hesitate to contact us on helpdesk@appetd.org.za

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