South Africa is one of the continent’s largest economies and has been identified as a key emerging market. However, since the economic crisis the government has been working to revive the national economy through education and training. As such, reviving the economy and fuelling job creation are key topics for the government. At the same time, the government recognises the need to invest in education for its large and expanding young population, and education is one of three main pillars of the 2030 National Development Plan.
South Africa has 23 public universities, 50 TVET colleges and a myriad of private higher education institutions offering a wide range of programmes and courses, in 2012 a total of 657 690 learners enrolled in TVET colleges across South Africa.
As part of British Council South Africa’s ongoing commitment to skills development across the country, 3 international skills partnerships are available for funding. The focus of the partnerships is institutional development and employer engagement. A Travel Grant of £2,000 is available for successful applicants to meet to discuss and plan a prospective partnership. The successful partnership application will be awarded up to a further £13,000.