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The National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers (NAACAM) and the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) are the lead national partners of High Gear, an exciting initiative managed by the International Youth Foundation (IYF) that is advancing South Africa’s public TVET college system. High Gear draws on industry knowledge and skills imperatives—along with IYF curricula enhancement tools—to strengthen the market relevance of select public TVET college courses.

Ultimately, High Gear aims to demonstrate a model for greater industry involvement in TVET course design and delivery that generates enthusiasm from TVET educators and industry, while also generating positive returns for young people and employers.

The UK Government’s Skills for Prosperity Programme is funding High Gear implementation in KwaZulu-Natal Province, and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation are funding implementation in Eastern Cape Province. All three funding partners are supporting High Gear’s national stakeholder engagement and learning efforts.

HIGH GEAR FOOTPRINT IN SOUTH AFRICA

The public TVET system in South Africa has 700,000 learners (53% young women) enrolled in 50 colleges / 250 campuses across the country. The TVET system is overseen by the Department of Higher Education & Training (DHET) and offers qualifications at both the basic and higher education levels. The system has a mandate to equip learners with competencies that are in high demand in the labour market. The public TVET system primarily serves learners from historically disadvantaged communities. When the system is aligned with industry, it has the potential to significantly reduce youth unemployment while also generating a stronger, more dependable skills pipeline for the industry

Ultimately, High Gear aims to demonstrate a model for greater industry involvement in TVET course design and delivery that generates enthusiasm from TVET educators and industry, while also generating positive returns for young people and employers.

The UK Government’s Skills for Prosperity Programme is funding High Gear implementation in KwaZulu-Natal Province, and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation are funding implementation in Eastern Cape Province. All three funding partners are supporting High Gear’s national stakeholder engagement and learning efforts.

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