Before 1999 West Coast College consisted of several small satellites, which were then merged and officially declared as an FET College in 2002.
West Coast College was the last FET College to be formed in the Western Cape. Unlike other colleges that were formed around the hub of an existing technical college, its systems had to be established from scratch and today the college consists of five campuses. Central Office moved during 2015, in that same year the college officially changed from the name of FET college to TVET college
The Atlantis Campus was originally established in the 1980s as the Atlantis Technical Institute and in 1993 the campus became part of the Protea College. The campus finally merged with West Coast College in 2002.
The Citrusdal Campus opened for the first time in January 1999 as the Citrusdal Centre for Further Education and Training. At first it was part of the Tygerberg College and became part of West Coast FET College in 2002. The campus serves students from the Cederberg area – from Lamberts Bay and Clanwilliam to the Bergrivier-area including Porterville, Piketberg, Goedverwacht and Piket-Bo-Berg.
The Malmesbury Campus opened its doors for the first time in January 2005 and moved to new premises during 2014, whilst the Vredenburg Campus, formerly known as the Westlake College, became part of West Coast College in August 1999. The new Vredenburg campus was officially opened in November 2012.
The Vredendal Campus was started in 1997 and in September 1998 the campus moved to bigger buildings, due to the rapid growth of students.
In the first year of NC(V) implementation in 2007, West Coast College managed to register more students than the required target of 622 and managed to implement all the required programmes. West Coast College is now one of the biggest colleges in terms of the NC(V) intake.
The college has continued to expand its courses and total student numbers projected for 2017 is 9 435.
To be an internationally recognised Technical, Vocational, Education and Training (TVET) institution responsive to the skills development and training needs of the 21st century
To provide TVET services of relevance and have a responsive programme qualification mix by training students to:
• be skilled, employable and entrepreneurial; and
• have access to and achieve success in Higher Education
Equality: Stakeholders of West Coast TVET College undertake to recognize and respect the dignity of every person and the human rights of all involved. We will deal fairly and professionally with all stakeholders, irrespective of race, gender, ethnic or social origin, colour, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion, political persuasion, conscience, belief, culture or language.
Transparency: Stakeholders of West Coast TVET College are committed to openness, clear communication and accountability in our day to day operations.
Honesty: West Coast TVET College stakeholders will act with integrity by being trustworthy and truthful in our everyday conduct and decision making.
Innovative: We undertake to be creative and responsive to our changing environment in order to satisfy the needs and expectations of our stakeholders.
Competence: With a strong focus on education, we want to pursue all tasks with excellence in mind and enhance continuous improvement by being quality-driven in order to achieve individual and West Coast TVET College goals.
Social Responsibility: Stakeholders of West Coast TVET College will exercise emotional and social intelligence and acknowledge our responsibility to manage the welfare and sustainability between ourselves, society and the environment.
Quality Policy Statement
West Coast TVET College is committed to continuously improving the services, training and environment that it provides for internal as well as external stakeholders and continually strives to exceed the expectations of these stakeholders, aiming for high standards and excellence in all aspects of services rendered. This will be achieved through the setting of quality objectives to be met and to be reviewed on a regular basis, and through our commitment to comply with the requirements of ISO 9001:2015.