Work integrated learning and the placement of TVET learners, College of Technology graduates and out of school youth is a critical component of the Department of Education Higher Education and Training’s (DHET) skills trajectory in terms of empowering and developing our youth. Work integrated learning speaks directly to the vision of the White Paper on Post-School Education and Training which emphasizes the crucial role of technical and vocational education that combines academic and workplace learning. Hence the DHET slogan of “Turning every workplace into a training space” which is embedded in the National Skills Development Strategy.

The role players in work integrated learning, working closely with industry, namely the youth, SETAs and the TVET colleges are major players in the post school system. This new policy, whose bedrock is the TVET colleges, will strengthen and expand the public colleges. The SETAs will assist to achieve the aims of the Colleges, particularly in strengthening their cooperation with employers and promoting workplace learning.