MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL
The FET environment remains a challenging sector in which to be a role-player for the education of our youth. It is also a very vibrant environment which makes our significant contribution invaluable. Learner numbers have increased from 3555 in 2011, to 5371 in 2012, to 6827 in 2013. This very significant increase in numbers is due to the fact that the 50 FET Colleges countrywide continue to be the centre of the skills development landscape of South Africa.
Funding for the College continues to be provided by the Department of Higher Education and Training, NSFAS, SETA’s and funders of skills development projects. The funding assists students who cannot afford to pay for their own studies, however it does not meet the demand and the continuing increasing student numbers places our finances under extreme pressure.
The student certification rate of our students remains a challenge and our efforts are continually measured against improving this statistic. Wherever possible our resources are being channelled and re-directed to address strategies that will improve certification rate.
We have also been very successful in placing 162 learners at employers for internships and workplace experience and for that we thank the employers in our region and the staff that placed and trained these learners.
The College received a Golden Arrow Award from PMR.Africa (Professional Market Research) for Excellence 1st Overall in the Northern Cape East Regional survey.
I want to thank the College Council for their guidance and support during the year. I could always rely on their wise counsel. The important role of the SRC in liaising with students must not be underestimated and finally but very importantly I want to thank the staff who have committed their time and effort to being the catalyst for our youth to rise above their circumstances and take their rightful place in commerce, government or education in the development of our beautiful country.
We trust in God for guidance which will lead to greater success in the future.
Dr CF Barnes