ATCE – Founder

Advanced TVET College of Excellence was founded by Dr V S Naiker who is a Lecturer in the EDIT Division at the WITS School of Education he lectures Mechanical Technology and Technika courses to BED students. His experience in both Technology education TVET research and practice is extensive. After completing his undergraduate studies in the technical vocational fields, he perused a career in the Education sector with more than 29 years of experience in the field  of FET education in different positions from TVET lecturer  HOD – Principal – Deputy Chief Educational Specialist.

In 2009 he was appointed at Wits School of Education as a lecturer in Technika Education where he presently offers for the past 10 years FET Mechanical Technology and Technology Education to BEd students. Since his appointment at WSoE he completed his PhD and have been tasked with the responsibility as EDIET (Engineering) Department course coordinator for FET, EGD and Technology courses. Part of his teaching responsibility also includes his participation in the supervision and assessment of B.Ed. and post grad students. In addition to his core teaching he has compiled the training manuals, coordinated and taught the Practical Hand Skills training program to second year chemical and metallurgical engineering students from WITS School of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering.

His teaching approach has two major aims: to make the trainee teacher understand the subject content and develop his/her pedagogic skills. Following his own training traditions and experiences, his beliefs is that the subject knowledge should be approached from a variety of angles to explore the instructional characteristics that are needed in order to ensure correct implementation of the curriculum with, regard to integrating theory and practice.

Goals:

To ensure a sustainable capacity building platform for Technical Vocational Education

To professionally develop the educator and equip him or her with investigative and problem solving skills

To develop a sustainable model for vocational training, contributing to the development of learners in the critical and scares skills in South Africa

To revolutionarise teaching methodology for the 21st Century Classroom

To assist vocational educators to deliver the curriculum in a dynamic and vibrant way

To form partnerships between DoE, HEI’s and the private sector.

Objectives:

To ensure a sustainable pipeline of well-trained vocational educators for the 21st Century

To provide sufficient resources to develop skills in the critical and scares fields

To provide an opportunity for the learner to develop critical and creative thinking

To form a platform with HEI’s for research and development in the pedagogy of vocational subjects

To create an opportunity for learners to accelerate their career paths through learnerships or internships

To provide expert advice (internationally) and support in the vocational education sector

Notable Accomplishments:

Facilitator for WITS NCV Level 2 – Level 4 training.

Member of SA Section of the IEEE

DoE Representative of NTIP (Gauteng) forumDrew up strategic plan for Technika Department

Successful in request for rinc-fenced funding for the department

Active member of TSIP (Teacher In-service Programme)

Active member of VEOP (Vocational Education Orientation programme – WITS

Represented WITS school at HEI – Lecturer development committee

Facilitated in-service workshops for JET – Bojanala Systemic
SchoolImprovement Project (BSSIP) -North West Province (Moses Kotane West District)

Now as a researcher he is continually exploring vocational pedagogy and vocational didactics in order to enhance TVET in South Africa. His background and experience in the education and training sector and involvement in Technical Vocational Education had placed him in a position where I was requested to participate in a forum to develop policy, framework for FET College Lecturer training and development in South Africa. The new qualification that is the Advanced TVET Diploma will be rolled out for the first time at WITS in 2021 the academic year. He believes that he has the following competencies:

Capacity in dealing with pedagogical issues for Technical – Vocational Education.

Dynamic and creative technical educationalist, committed with the teaching and learning and students& ; progress, who searches to motivate human values and to develop basic abilities like working in group and the making of decisions.

Good at humanistic work that seeks to integrate the knowledge between how to do and how to be.

Proficient in analyzing & conceptualizing policy documents or facilitate working meetings to produce educational solutions.

Have clear understanding of best practices in Technical Vocational Education and Training.

Proficient in full-project management life cycle: define scope of a project, plan resources, and develop project schedules and managing budgets. Remarkable technical knowledge on emerging technologies, unified communications.

Technologies, content management systems ; project management methodologies. Skilled in strategic alignment of information and communication technology (ICT) for sustainable development and transparent reporting.

Significant accountability for professionalism, performance management, adherence to deadlines and contributing to strategic planning, operations management and financial planning.

Experienced Technical Educational Consultant developed courses for skills development – delivering training & developing training materials.

Self – motivated leader and results – driven in all aspects of Vocational education

Effective communicator with excellent planning, writing, organizational, negotiation skills and motivate others to perform at optimal level in order to increase productivity, efficiency and resource management.

Recognized by professional and social organizations for exceptional leadership and technical vocational skills with the ability to enthuse and engage people at all levels in an organization.

Research interests:

PUBLICATIONS / CONFERENCES

Academic Publishing- & ;DIGITAL VIDEO CONFERENCING TO SUPPORT TEACHING AND LEARNING” (ISBN 978-3-8484-2623-2 LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing

SD Khoza and Vasidevan Naiker. Undergraduate Students’ Perceptions in Learning Technology towards their DegreeQualification at a South African. International Journal of Educational Sciences, 19(1): 64-70 (2017)

The Integration of ICT in TVET College Classrooms:  A Case in Automotive Repair and Maintenance Teaching Vasidevan Naiker 1 and Moses Makgato 2 Int JEdu Sci, 20(1-3): 25-32 (2018)

V S Naiker TVET Lecturers Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK) in South African TVET Institution: The instruction of Technical Vocational Education and Training – TVET

The integration of smart technology to enhance the teaching of vocational Education

SD Khoza and Vasidevan Naiker. Students’ Self Efficacy in Technology I as an Inclusive Subject to their University Degree: A case study. Presented at SAARMSTE 2015, Maputo, Mozambique SAARMSTE 2015, Maputo, Mozambique

A case in Automotive Repair and Maintenance teaching. Presented at SAARMSTE 2016 in Tshwane University of Pretoria

V S Naiker. The integration of smart technology in TVET college classrooms: A case in Automotive Repair and Maintenance Teaching Presented at SASOL 2nd Annual Technical Teachers Conference in 2017 in Secunda

Subject strategy for – FET Schools (Mechanical Tech)

Subject strategy for – FET Colleges ( Engineering and Related Design)

Guidelines for assessment – FET Schools/ Colleges

Practical Hand Skills Manual (for 2nd Year Engineering Students)

NCV Engineering and Related Design manuals for DoE Training

VEOP – Training manual – Modules 4&5