About Us


About Us


Northlink College is a nationally registered Further Education & Training Institution


Under the auspices of the National Department of Higher Education (DHET). The DHET was created in 2009, in order to advance the national vision of a coherent, comprehensive and differentiated post-school system.This post school system must contribute to the lives of individuals, the national economy and to the development of an equitable and capable South African society.


The DHET will achieve its mandate by effectively planning, regulating, resourcing and co-ordinating the provision of post-school education and vocational training opportunities especially for our country’s youth.The imminent promulgation of the FET Colleges Amendment Bill brings about a shift of functions related to the administration of FET Colleges from the provinces to the Minister of Higher Education and Training.


This function shift enables the DHET to realise the creation of a coherent post-school system and thereby comprehensively address the skills supply challenges.

South Africa's Technical Colleges have been reformed into a new FET (Further Education and Training) system. Bellville Technical College, Protea College, Tygerberg College and Wingfield College have merged to form a mega FET College in the Northern Suburbs of Cape Town.


Northlink College was established in 2002, following the merger of four Colleges in the northern suburbs of the greater Cape Town Metropole. The Colleges were: Wingfield Technical College (three campuses: Wingfield, Goodwood and Table Bay), Protea College, Tygerberg College and Parow) and Bellville Technical College. In 2005 Northlink bought Belhar College, a private institution.


Northlink College has achieved a great deal during the last ten years towards its post merger progression. As set out in its vision the management and staff are committed to the necessary transformation on all the different levels and terrains to be a leading provider of Education and Training Excellence.


Our Values

Ensure that innovation, creativity and responsiveness remain our driving force. Promote a culture of integrity, loyalty and mutual trust. Be accountable, transparent and promote equality. Dedicated to quality and client satisfaction. Entrench teamwork and a culture of life-long learning. Committed to afford ability and accessibility for all learners.


Our Mission

To provide relevant, accredited Education and Training which will address the Skills and Developmental needs of clients.

Our Vision

The leading provider of Education and Training Excellence



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The performance of the Colleges in the next five years will be guided by the targets established in the Minister’s Delivery Agreement.

The Delivery Agreement is guided by Outcome 5 of the government’s Programme of Action: A skilled and capable workforce to support an inclusive growth path. Within this agreement, the Minister has committed to outputs 5.

Outputs 2 and 3 are directly relevant to FET College subsystem.

Output 2: Access to programmes leading to intermediate and higher level learning

Output 3: Access to occupationally directed programmes



Courses offered

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Academic Structure


Learnerships & Skills



About Learnerships
Learnership is an alternative form of training that places the emphasis on practical experience. A contract is signed between three parties: the training provider (college), learner, workplace (company).

Each learner enters into a temporary employment contract with the workplace.

Learners attend theory classes either one day per week or one week per month. The work that is taught in class (theory) is then practised in the workplace.

There is therefore close cooperation between workplace and College.

Learnership Courses


Eligibility criteria for bursary application
In order to be eligible to apply for the FET College Bursary, a student must meet the following eligibility criteria:

•Only south African Citizens are eligible for this bursary scheme;
•A student must be registered or intending to register on an NC(V) or Report 191 programme;
•Financially needy students with academic potential;
•Evidence of good academic performance should be provided for all Levels.

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Simulated Enterprises 
A Simulated Enterprise is a mock company that mirrors the structure, function and operations of a real company, but without real money exchanging hands. This results in a non-threatening learning environment where learners acquire practical skills. Our main simulated enterprise is an ice cream retailer, called Iceberg Sim. Additional to this there is also a soft drink retailer, Quench Emporium, which is used as a support company to trade with.

Business Units 
The college operates Business Units which function as independent units, with their own budget, management and staff.

The college operates the following three Business Units:
      •   Clothing Factory 
      •   Encore - Restaurant & Conference Facility 
      •   Academy of Hair & Aesthetics