TVET Leadership for Transformation (GIZ)
Further training for vocational school managers in South Africa in cooperation with the University of Pretoria (GIZ, 2019-2022)
The overall youth unemployment rate in South Africa in 2019 was 55%. This is partly due to the fact that vocational training at so-called TVET schools (Technical Vocational Education and Training) is clearly underrepresented compared to academic training at universities. The South African government attaches great importance to the establishment, development and optimisation of the vocational training sector, as vocational training and the acquisition of competence-based skills by the younger generation can make a significant contribution to the country's development.
The project "Leadership for Transformation" is placed in this overall context. It is a joint project of the Technical University of Munich and the University of Pretoria, financed by GIZ - Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit - with the aim of supporting change and quality improvement in the field of vocational education and training.
The Postgraduate Programme (PgDip) aims to train leaders in the field of vocational education and training by strengthening their skills as visionary leaders. The key performance areas (KPA) include the following key performance areas: (A) Curriculum and implementation, (B) Staff management and leadership, (C) Physical infrastructure and financial management, and (D) Management and support of innovation and quality in VET.
The PgDip is a programme designed according to the principles of inquiry-based learning and consists of three components
- Contact phases
- Online learning components
- Study visit to Germany.
The three components are integrated into a three-pillar mentoring approach, comprising individual professional mentoring, peer group mentoring and KPA expert mentoring.
TUM's participation in this project includes the development of the PGDip program including the innovative mentoring approach and the further development of e-learning components. During the two-year trial phase, TUM will support its partners in Pretoria with e-learning material, the implementation of a study visit and networking with actors in the vocational training sector in the German-speaking countries. The scientific cooperation focuses on the mentoring approach, the stakeholders' perspective on a dual system of vocational education and training in South Africa and international teaching and learning.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Katharina Prummer in the TUM Technical Education team.
Different eLearning formats and media are created in the course of the collaboration. One example of a video format used by students in South Africa is the German vocational training system.