Unlock Opportunities: The Central Applications Clearing House (CACH) applications are Open for 2024

By Thabo Monamodi · Jan 21, 2024
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For those who find themselves without a confirmed place in a post-school institution, the Central Applications Clearing House (CACH) stands as a beacon of hope. In this blog post, we will explore the significance of CACH, its role in connecting eager learners with educational opportunities, and how it has been a transformative force since its inception in 2013.

The Mission of CACH:
The primary mission of the Central Applications Clearing House is to provide a lifeline to learners who, for various reasons, have not secured a spot in a higher education institution. This service is not only free but also instrumental in matching the National Senior Certificate exam results of applicants with their study preferences, facilitating a seamless connection between prospective students and institutions with available spaces.

A Second Chance for Aspirants:
Since its establishment, CACH has been a game-changer for matriculants seeking a second chance to gain entrance into post-school institutions such as universities, TVET colleges, and more. The service proves invaluable for students whose initial applications might have been unsuccessful but have since improved their academic standing with their final Grade 12 results.

How CACH Works:
CACH operates by collecting information from learners with Grade 12 results who are actively seeking placement in universities, universities of technology, or technical and vocational education and training (TVET) colleges at the beginning of the academic year. The sign-up service allows candidates to express their interest for consideration by any institution participating in CACH.

Institutions and sector education and training authorities (SETAs) utilize the CACH database for placement purposes. The system enables institutions to directly contact prospective students who meet the criteria for available spaces once they have accepted the offer on the CACH system.

The Role of CACH Database:
Public universities, TVET colleges, SETAs, and private colleges access the CACH database via the self-service portal on the website. This platform allows them to search for individuals meeting the criteria for available spaces. Upon finding suitable candidates, institutions use SMS or emails to extend offers, and once accepted, direct contact is established with the students.

Confidentiality and Compliance:
It is crucial to note that the information gathered by CACH is treated with the utmost confidentiality. Institutions adhere to the protection of the personal information act of 2013, ensuring that the privacy and security of applicant data are maintained throughout the process.

Additional Support:
For students who are still uncertain about their career paths, CACH goes beyond merely facilitating placements. It provides a referral service to career advice and information through the Department of Higher Education and Training's Khetha Career Development Service.

The Central Applications Clearing House is not just a service; it is a gateway to possibilities for those eager to pursue higher education. As it continues to evolve and connect aspiring learners with institutions, CACH stands as a testament to the commitment of the Department of Higher Education and Training in ensuring that educational opportunities are accessible to all.

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