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Title: Maintenance of Industry Skills and Knowledge by Vocational Lecturers at South African Technical and Vocational Education and Training Colleges
Authors: Oosthuizen, Loius 
Van der Bijl, Andre 
Keywords: Work integrated learning,;Workplace qualifications;Experiential learning;TVET colleges
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: Academic Conferences and Publishing International
Conference: Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Tourism Research ICTR 2019. University Portucalense Porto, Portugal 14-15 March 2019 
Abstract: This paper reports on a study of mechanisms used by TVET college lecturers in South Africa to maintain industry knowledge and skills once employed in education and training. From focus groups held throughout the county in 2015 and 2016, this study confirms that tourism and hospitality lecturers employed in South African TVET colleges, often lack workplace experience. This study found that lecturers tend to keep their work-based knowledge updated by means of informal mechanisms, such as reading, and furthering academic qualifications. Past research has detected deficiencies in TVET lecturer qualifications and experience; in particular work-place experience and qualifications. Research related to tourism and hospitality lecturers indicates that qualifications are more highly prized by TVET employers than experience. The preference is reinforced: once lecturers are appointed and employed within TVET institutions, further educational credentials have to be acquired, primarily because of the State’s qualification requirements.
ISBN: 978-1-912764-14-3 (-e)
ISSN: 2516-3612
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