Further education and training in South Africa
This chapter provides an overview of the further education and training (FET) sector in South Africa, examines the role that open and distance learning (ODL) can play to address learner needs, and discusses the human resource develop-mint objectives of government. Government views the FET sector as an ideal platform through which to achieve the national priorities. The chapter presents aspects such as why change is necessary, emerging trends in Vocational Education and Training (VET), a South African perspective on ODL, possible ways that ODL can be implemented in FET colleges, and implementation strategies. The FET sector forms a large, diverse and critically important part of the South African education and training system. FET in South Africa must address the shortcomings inherited from the past and at the same time prepare the country to face the challenges of the twenty-first century.