You’ve received training to teach adults and are keen to put your knowledge to work. Now what? You can choose to go into academia as a lecturer teaching other students what is involved in being an ABET practitioner. Alternatively you can find employment in an organisation that cares enough about its employees to provide them with further education, or you can open your own ABET / FET centre either to teach literacy, life skills and numeracy or a more technical skill at a higher level. To comply with legislation, there are certain requirements if you choose this path. If you choose to teach a technical skill, please note the following notice from the dhet.

In terms of the Government Gazette No. 43007 of 7 February 2020 private colleges proposing to offer or offering Occupational Qualifications, such as N4 – N6 Business and Engineering Studies, and Skills Development Programmes, previously known as Sector Education and Training Authorities’ (SETAs) programmes, are not required to register with the Department of Higher Education and Training. In order for such private colleges to operate within the law, they must acquire accreditation for these programmes from the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO) or from the SETAs as delegated by the QCTO.

Department of Higher Education and Training

Steps to establish and operate a successful FET/ABET training center.

Conduct Market Research

Research the demand for ABET training in your area, competition and target audience.

Choose a Legal Structure:

Decide on the legal structure of your business, whether it be a sole proprietorship, partnership, close corporation, or company.

Register Your Business:

Register your business with the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) and obtain a tax number.

Obtain Accreditation:

Contact the relevant accreditation body, such as SAQA, to obtain accreditation for your center.

Secure Funding:

Secure funding for your center through grants, loans, or investment..

Develop Curriculum:

Develop a comprehensive curriculum that covers all aspects of ABET and meets the standards set by SAQA.

Hire Qualified Staff:

Hire qualified and experienced staff to deliver the training.

Rent or Purchase a Premise:

Rent or purchase a suitable premise for your training center.

Commence Operations:

Start delivering ABET training to students, regularly assess and evaluate the quality of training provided, and continuously improve your center..

It is important to note that starting an ABET training center in South Africa also requires compliance with relevant labor and education laws, as well as health and safety regulations. It is advisable to consult a legal expert for specific legal requirements.