The instresting story behind this super college
After realising that a big number of students were denied the opportunity to further their studies because of the lack of space at public Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Colleges; senior lecturer in Mathematics at Tshwane South TVET College (Pretoria West Campus) the late Mr Eugene van der Walt decided to look for an opportunity to help those that did not receive space. Where after he decided to establish Gauteng Distance College in 1998.
After an overwhelming response throughout the whole country he decided to rename the institution to Technicol SA College.
The name change was important to him to emphasize the availability of education and opportunity to everyone throughout South Africa. This paved the way not only for students that were shown away but also those with working responsibilities to better themselves without having to sacrifice their income. Since the establishment of this family driven company Technicol SA College has become not only the biggest privately owned college but also strives to provide a golden standard of service.
Technicol SA College is a private Further Education and Training (FET) college that aims to offer exceptional quality education and to maintain standards, that are not inferior to standards of comparable public Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions.
Although the college currently has resources, capacity, expertise and structures to deliver quality programmes, there is also ample space for improvement and growth.
At Technicol SA College all staff are expected to observe ethical and fair business practises, to widen access to education, labour market needs and to protect the integrity and image of the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) system and the interests of the public we serve.
Value net analysis
Technicol SA College was established in 1998 with approximately 7 students as a distance learning college for learners who wanted to repeat Grade 12 and N1 to N6 subjects they had failed.
We believe that we provide an essential service to learners who do not have the time, money, resources or ability otherwise to study full-time. During the past five years the college has started to offer classes on a tutorial basis to learners with a variety of subjects.
The main function of the current college staff is the efficient administration of students’ year marks and examination arrangements, but the duties are steadily expanding into more face-to-face contact and assessment of learning.
Objective 1: Programmes
To develop and offer market related, responsive and accredited programmes.
Objective 2: Administration
To render administration services supporting learning and management systems for all stakeholders.
Objective 3: Facilities and Infrastructure
To provide accessible and accredited facilities creating a conductive environment for learning.
Objective 4: Learner Support
To develop a holistic learner support system that enhances and encourages best performance.
Objective 5: Quality Assurance
To assure total quality of all products and services.
Objective 6: Human Resource
To ensure provision and development of competent and qualified human resources.
Objective 7: Marketing
To develop effective marketing strategies.
Objective 8: Governance and Management
To develop appropriate policies and procedures to ensure sound corporate governance and management
Objective 9: Finance
To develop an efficient finance system that complies with PFMA and GAAP
Objective 10: Partnerships and Linkages
To forge healthy, sustainable partnerships with business and industry for mutual benefit.
Mission and Vision
The vision of Technicol SA College is to be the most efficient and effective private Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) College in South Africa with the highest standards possible.
Technicol SA College strives to:
- Maintain the highest standards of education ethics and always upholding its values
- Be the premier college in South Africa through cost effective management and superior educational principles
- Reverse the social educational imbalance of the past through pro-active teaching and distance learning programmes
- Excellence and value qualities
- Treat learners and employees with respect and dignity
- Form partnerships between educators, administration staff, learners, management, governance and all those who value quality education for South African citizens
- Be a cut above the rest by having self-respect and having respect for others
The institution is based on the following values:
- Pro-active teaching
- High standards of education ethics
- Cost effectiveness