History, Mission & Vision

History of the College

Sparrow FET College forms part of the Sparrow Schools Educational Trust (the Trust).  Established in 1990, the Trust is a multi-faceted, non- government organisation that’s main focus is to bring accredited schooling to cognitively impaired and disenfranchised youth. In 2011, the Trust expanded its organisational structure to address a wider range of needs to specifically suit the South African environment. This included the creation of Sparrow FET College (the College).

The College, a social enterprise, was formed to provide fully funded, accredited programmes and on-the-job training to mainstream, previously disadvantaged youth of South Africa. The College collaborates with various industries to identify skills shortages within companies. The College partners with other social projects and programmes to source and recruit mainstream, unskilled and unemployed youth including persons with disabilities; the purpose is to upskill South African youth enabling them to become contributing members of the economy. Before being accepted into the college, the learners are assessed by an in-house psychometrist to ensure that they will be able to cope with the programme for which they are applying.

The College understands the value of providing the learner with the opportunity to gain a reliable understanding of the theoretical underpinning of the skill.  This is needed to ensure the learner can effectively apply the knowledge to become a competent worker in the given work environment.  We adopt a theory, practice and real world, on the job approach to skills development.   In the classroom the learner covers the theoretical curriculum content in a simulated workplace environment through which practical skills are taught and applied. The learner is then able to practice these skills during their workplace based practical training component of their programme. While the learners are in the workplace, they are monitored and mentored by the Job Coaching Department who are able to impart industry specific knowledge to the learners about the workings of the industries in which they are placed.

Due to the growth of the College, in 2019, the College saw the need to expand its services to include three new departments; Statistics, Internal Recruitment and Learner Wellbeing.

Vision Statement

To be a leading training provider that addresses the skills deficit in South Africa through a specialised and inclusive educational training model.


Sparrow FET College is a social enterprise that provides reputable and accredited education and training to the unskilled and unemployed youth of South Africa.  By developing skills through theoretical and workplace-based practical training, we address the critical skills deficit within various industries and enable our students to become income generators and make meaningful contributions to their communities and society.