Cape-VET – Vocational Training

Technical and Vocational Training Capacity building in South Africa

The project Technical and Vocational Training Capacity building in South Africa (Cape- VET) aims to improve the training structure for qualification and professionalization of vocational training personnel in South Africa in cooperation with German partners from science and industry.

In the framework of the project, co-operative research on conditions for designing effective higher education qualification programs for vocational education personnel is conducted. More precisely, country specific requirements are analysed by a German-South African research group in order to establish these programs added with adaptable transfer elements from the German VET-System.

Sub goals of the project are:

  • Conducting
    • Analysis of country-specific economic, political and vocational training structures in South Africa, including a baseline of best practice examples
    • Data collection to identify skill levels, existing training needs, as well as existing training capacities and training opportunities in companies
    • Comparative analysis of the German and South African vocational training systems for the determination of country-specific transfer options and elements adapted to the South African basic conditions
  • Development of
    • An implementation concept for a demand-oriented pilot study course for TVET teachers at the partner university in South Africa
    • An implementation concept for an innovated vocational training
  • Establishment of a multilateral partnership between scientific and economic actors for sustainable international VET cooperation

The implementation concepts will support the modernization and further development of South Africa’s vocational education system. The results of the research will provide basic conditions for knowledge transfer between Germany and South Africa by opening up further fields of cooperation. The results will contribute to secure the availability of skilled labour through capacity building and to professionalisation of the vocational training personnel.

The project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) under the Internationalisation of vocational education and training programme.

Prof. Dr. Kay Pfaffenberger
+49 461 805 1748