A 'win-win' experience
Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges were trained by SSACI on how to assess the Workplace Based Experience (WBE) task books as part of the NC(V) curriculum in Hospitality; Tourism; Office Administration; Marketing, Management and Finance Economics and; Accounting Programmes.
Two sessions were held: one at Northlink TVET College in Cape Town and Ekurhuleni TVET College in Johannesburg. In total the 291 lecturers and managers from 30 colleges (out of 50 in South Africa) that attended the session began to see the value of implementing and assessing WBE. The colleges had been making preparations for level 4 NC(V) students to visit workplaces during the Easter and winter holidays this year.
The 2014 implementation of the WBE ICASS is an expansion of the joint project between SSACI and the VCET – Curriculum and Planning unit at the DHET that began in 2012 with five (5) colleges in the Western Cape. Ms Aruna Singh, Director of Curriculum Planning and Support, was pleased by the positive response from all lecturers and academic managers that were involved in the project in 2013, and therefore agreed to expand the programme to another ten (10) colleges in 2014.
Feedback from colleges has shown that this project has changed students’ attitudes to their studies leaving them more motivated and positive about their career choices. Pule Ntsie (HOD – Business and Utilities) of Ekurhuleni West reported on his college's experience at the Gauteng session saying, “…the positive impact of the work experience on the students was evidenced by their increased motivation and wide enthusiasm for their studies, while on the other side, employers hosting the students, got to know the students and welcomed the extra hands in the short time spent at the work site. It was a win-win experience.”