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Entrepreneurship education in the Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) College sector: a supply side perspective.

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ABSTRACT Formerly known as Further Education and Training Colleges, (TVET’s) Technical Vocational Education and Training colleges play a key role in providing vocational education for skilling the youths in various trades thereby contributing to economic growth while reducing unemployment. TVET colleges also play a centrifugal role in equipping the South African youths towards entrepreneurship. The purpose of the study was to assess entrepreneurship education in TVET college sector from a supply side perspective with a view to ascertain the level of preparedness to offer the entrepreneurship skills at some selected TVET colleges. The study employed a quantitative methodology using a structured questionnaire to collect data. The study was conducted on three TVET colleges of Durban, South Africa. The target population was 1 122 educators from which a sample of 106 lecturers were selected using the random sampling technique. The study found that TVET colleges were in an ideal position to invest in entrepreneurship courses mindful of the fact that entrepreneurship was offered as an element in the majority of business courses offered by the Colleges. Further, the staff compliment that taught entrepreneurship and business studies were perceived to be appropriately qualified since they had competent management and as well as the necessary teaching resources available. The findings also demonstrated that, despite TVET colleges being prepared and able to offer entrepreneurial courses, there were some challenges that TVET colleges faced. These include financial resources, management buy-in and lack of enthusiasm by some students among other things. The study recommended the need to introduce entrepreneurship courses at the elementary level of tertiary education rather than treating it as a short course or a single module. TVET Colleges should also consider making entrepreneurship a core discipline and not merely as accessory to other business courses. This could be achieved via a consultative process with external entrepreneurship experts with the establishment of terms of reference that include conducting research of curriculum content of entrepreneurship colleges offered in recognised institutions.


Master’s Degree. University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban.