The Further Education and Training Institute (FETI) of the University of the Western Cape (UWC) is a training, development and research unit with a special focus on the FET college sector. This institute has its roots in the National Access Consortium Western Cape (NACWC) which was formed in 1996 as a non-profit organisation funded by the Danish Development Agency (DANIDA) as a ‘new institutional form’ that would increase access to learning and employment at a time when new policies in education and training were just being initiated.
The NACWC engaged closely with the unfolding policy processes, especially around the National Qualifications Framework and the emerging South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA). To support advocacy of these processes, the NACWC Trust in 2002 funded the establishment of a regional SAQA office in the Western Cape, which played a major role in assisting people to understand the implications and workings of the new system.
After 3 years, when SAQA decided to follow a different advocacy route, the NACWC Trust agreed to the establishment of a FET Institute within the Faculty of Education of the UWC. This initiative would focus on challenges faced by FET colleges and other role-players in the FET sector through capacity building, research and development work.
The broad mandate of the FETI is to support the development of the FET sector in general and FET colleges in particular.
The Institute is the leading provider of materials development, training and research on the FET college sector in South Africa.
Aims & Objectives
The broad mandate of the FETI will be to support the development of the Further Education and Training (“FET”) sector in general and FET colleges in particular, aligned to the vision and mission of the University of the Western Cape and to the policy environment of the National Qualifications Framework. More specifically, FETI will seek to:
engage in curriculum development for emerging FET programmes;
conduct research in the FET sector and on the interface between FET and Higher Education relating to articulation, access and progression;
engage in capacity building of college educators in the new policy environment within the broader framework of teacher education; and
foster partnership initiatives between the FET colleges and the University towards the building of a coherent FET-HE system.