"Doing something in life”: Rural youth reimagining technical vocational education and training

  • Lucky Maluleke
  • Anne Harley University of KwaZulu-Natal


Recent post-schooling policy continues to emphasise the importance of technical vocational
education and training (TVET) for employability in the workplace, thus largely reflecting the
interests of capital. However, the discourse of educating for employability is under increasing
attack as unemployment levels rise; and recent policy has begun to argue for a consideration of
skills for livelihoods other than formal employment. Unemployment disproportionately affects the
youth and those living in rural areas, and TVET policy has begun to address this. However, such
policy remains firmly within neoliberalism, and does not address the interests or lived experience
of rural youth. A reimagining of TVET is required. In this, there is a need to understand what rural
youth themselves consider to be most appropriate for local development needs. This article reports
on a qualitative study done with ten youth from Limpopo Province to investigate what sort of
TVET out-of-school youth consider to be relevant in their context.

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