USAID has funded three Further Education and Training (FET) colleges with $6.7-million (about R49-million) for skills development, Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande said on Tuesday. The three-year-long initiative would be implemented in 12 FET colleges in Limpopo, Mpumalanga and the Northern Cape. A further $1.7-million (R12.4-million) was dedicated to an HIV/Aids programme. In this year's State of the Nation address, President Jacob Zuma announced that the FET sector, with its 50 colleges and 236 campuses nationally, would be the primary site for skills development and training. The aim was to develop the sector into an effective part of the government's skills development programme. In line with this vision, the government had also decided to recapitalise FET colleges with an investment of R1.9-billion for the three years ending in March this year. The money was largely spent on infrastructure, equipment, development of a new curriculum and human resources.