Cooperative examination of the conditions for the successful design of higher education qualification programmes for vocational training staff 

The CAPE-VET research project aims to improve the training structures for the qualification of vocational training personnel in South Africa in cooperation with German academic and industrial partners. The project focuses on the investigation of country-specific requirements for the establishment of a higher education qualification programme for vocational training teachers with adaptable transfer elements from the German vocational training system.

In order to design high-quality and in-company vocational training, the conditions for success are recorded and evaluated at the various development and decision-making levels. On the one hand, the project will provide introductory analyses of the current TVET system in South Africa and the educational opportunities for TVET teachers. On the other hand, the research activities involve the companies as an important stakeholder group in order to win them over to cooperation in the future.

In order to determine the development perspectives of the TVET sector with regard to the qualification of teachers, qualitative surveys with accompanying observations and interviews will be conducted. This survey will take place on several days, over several hours at different TVET colleges in the Western Cape region in November 2020 and it aims for the researchers as participating observers to experience the everyday life of TVET teachers.

This exploration in an authentic working environment, deepens the surveys through insights into professional perspectives on current developments, challenges and needs of the actors at the TVET College.
For the data collection at the companies, interviews will be elaborated and conducted in November 2020 at a group of companies with predominantly German background.

The aim is to gain knowledge about the availability of qualified workers, as well as current training needs and availability of own training capacities.

Based on the research results, recommendations for the development of demand-oriented courses of study for the training of TVET teachers at the partner university in South Africa will be formulated. The recommendations for action for a demand-oriented, country-specific transfer of adaptable elements of the German vocational training system will be tested after the end of the project in a pilot study programme for the professionalisation of TVET teachers.

In a long term, the project aims at the transfer of research results and knowledge to other educational and economic partners in the region.

The activities in project CAPE-VET are organised in three thematic work areas - research and data collection, transfer of research results and knowledge. The activities so far mainly include measures of the first working area. The aim was to harmonise the terminology, determine the current status and derive relevant influencing factors as well as to collect and evaluate data on the training needs of the two main target groups - TVET teachers and representatives of industry. An overview of the VET/TVET system was compiled as well as a compressed glossary, open for development, for orientation in the TVET system in South Africa. As part of the preparatory research activities, a study was also conducted to record the current political, economic and social framework conditions. On this basis, an analysis is currently being carried out to derive significant influencing factors for further project activities.



Project details and contact


01.04.2019 bis 31.12.2022


Funding reference number


Contact persons

Evgenia Mahler, Fon: +49 3841 753-7678 (parental leave)

Jelena Zascerinska, Fon.: +49 15151467577 


Project management

Regina Krause, Fon: +49 3841 753-7644


Project coordination

Dido A. Braun, Fon: +49 3841 753 7749

Project team members

Evgenia Mahler, Fon: +49 3841 753-7678 (parental leave)

Jelena Zascerinska, Fon: +49 15151467577 


Cooperating institutions (national and international):

Europa-Universität Flensburg, Deutschland

  • Prof. Dr. Axel  Grimm
  • Dipl- Päd. Jonas Gebhardt
  • Dipl.-Berufspäd. Maik Jepsen

Hochschule Flensburg, Deutschland

  • Prof. Dr. Kay Pfaffenberger
  • Dipl. Martin Kühn

Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Südafrika

Jacqueline Scheepers