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The Minister for Education, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum on Wednesday June 16, 2021 paid a working visit to the Cape Coast Technical University (CCTU) to inspect ongoing projects under the Ghana-China Project on ‘The Rehabilitation and Upgrading of Equipment in Technical Universities and Technical Institutes’.
The project is being implemented to improve the employability of the Ghanaian youth by providing them with the relevant skills and competencies required for self and formal employment.
This project will see the provision of state-of-the-art tools and equipment to 13 Technical Institutes and all the Technical Universities across the country; as well as the construction of a Technical Examinations Unit Block (TEUB) at the Akenten Appiah-Menka University of Skills Training and Entrepreneurial Development (AAMUSTED).
The current project at the Cape Coast Technical University which is about 95% complete includes a fully equipped automobile workshop, a civil engineering workshop, a mechanical engineering workshop, electrical and electronics workshop and a welding workshop.
The amazing aspect of this project is that all the tools and equipment being installed in these workshops are state-of-the-art industry-standard equipment which will ensure that students who graduate from these institutions have industry-ready skills.
According to the Honourable Minister for Education, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s government sees education, especially Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) and Science, Technology Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), as the key to transforming Ghana and thus has prioritised these areas to make them the bedrock of Ghana’s industrialization agenda.
He also stated that, the university should identify and align specific industry partners for the various workshops.
Accompanying the Honourable Minister were Dr. Fred Kyei Asamoah, (Ag. Director General of CTVET), Mr. Benjamin K. Gyasi (Chief Director of the Ministry of Education) and other officials of the Ministry of Education.
Dr. Fred Kyei Asamoah indicated that the Commission for TVET as the regulatory agency for the TVET sector will ensure that the institutions which are benefitting from the project would follow the required occupational and industry standard in the delivery of TVET using the facilities.
Vice-Chancellor of CCTU Prof. Joshua Danso Owusu-Sekyere expressed gratitude to the government and Ministry of Education for giving new life and breathe to TVET through the effective implementation of this project and pledged that the university will put the workshops to good use.
The government of Ghana is upgrading a number of Technical Universities and Technical Institutes by the construction of workshops, and supply/installation of equipment for the use of these institutions in the delivery of their mandate.
The project is designed to support Government’s efforts within the context of the Human Capital Development priorities and to resolve key development challenge of low quality of skills produced by the Technical and Vocational Education and Training subsector in the country.
Parliament in March 2018 approved by resolution the concessional loan agreement between the government of Ghana and the EXIM Bank of China for an amount of US$119 million to finance ‘The Rehabilitation and Upgrading of Equipment in Polytechnics and Technical Institutes’ (Including Technical Universities /Polytechnics) project.
Subsequently, Parliament in July 2018 approved by resolution the supplementary contract agreement as well as the commercial contract between the government of Ghana and AVIC International Holding Corporation of China for the implementation of the project.
- Construction of engineering workshops in 10 Technical Institutes
- Construction of engineering workshops in 5 Technical Universities
- Construction of Technical Examination Centre at AAMUSTED
- Provision of engineering laboratory equipment to 15 Technical Universities and Institutes
- 8 additional institutions (5 Technical Universities and 3 Technical Institutes) to benefit from the provision of engineering laboratory equipment
- 4 additional institutions to benefit from additional supply of equipment.
The Ministry of Education (MoE) through the Commission for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (CTVET) has signed a partnership with the WorldSkills Germany at an Open Door Day on the 31st of May 2021 at the Accra Technical Training Center (ATTC), Kokomlemle. The memorandum of understanding was signed on behalf of WorldSkills Ghana by Dr. Fred Kyei Asamoah, Ag. Director General, CTVET, and Michael Buechele, signed for WorldSkills Germany.
WorldSkills Ghana is part of the ‘MyTVET’ campaign initiated by the Commission for TVET to help change negative perception about TVET in Ghana, especially among the youth. According to a USAID/Ghana Country Development Cooperation Strategy, 2019, half of Ghana’s population is younger than 30 years and there is still shortage in employable skills in all sectors of the economy in Ghana.
Ghana applied for membership of WorldSkills International and was officially announced the 81st member of WorldSkills at the Opening Ceremony of the 2019 Competition in Kazan, Russia in August 2019. As a new member, WSGh is assigned to WorldSkills Germany for mentorship and support. WSG has a mandate to organise Skills Competitions aimed at inspiring world-class excellence in skills development; introduce the youth to a variety of skills careers and build capacity by introducing into TVET systems exchange of skills through development programmes to enhance skills delivery; and finally engage facilitators to be trained in understanding their roles as experts and technical support in applying WorldSkills Standard Specification (WSSS).
With the signing of the MoU between WorldSkills Ghana and WorldSkills Germany, the Skills Organising Team and Competitors will receive the needed training and preparation towards the National Skills Competition in August 2021, WorldSkills Africa Competition in Namibia 2022 and finally, the WorldSkills International competition stage in Shanghai 2022. The partnership will also see to the expansion of the organizational structures of the WSGh Secretariat and develop training and performance centers in Technical Schools.
WorldSkills Germany (WSG) has been a member of WorldSkills International since 1953 and brings on board a wealth of experience to the Ghanaian team. The WorldSkills Germany support team are Hubert Romer, Michael Buechele, Barry Hackh and Alba Losert. The WorldSkills Ghana Secretariat is also led by Dr. Fred Kyei Asamoah, Ag. Director General, Commission for TVET as the International Delegate, Mamudu Mamidu as the Technical delegate and Phyllis …. as the delegate assistant.
WorldSkills (WS) is the global hub for skills excellence and development. Through international cooperation and development between industry, government, organizations, and institutions, WorldSkills promotes the benefits of and the need for skilled professionals through grass-roots community projects, skill competitions, and knowledge exchange. It shows how important skills education and training is for youth, industries, and society by challenging young professionals around the world to become the best in their respective skills area.
The Commission for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (CTVET) has organized a one-day sensitization workshop for Trade Associations and Training Providers on the commencement strategy for Recognition Prior Learning (RPL).
Recognition Prior Learning was developed by the Commission in collaboration with GIZ, Ghana Skills Development Initiative (GSDI) IV and designed to evaluate prior skills and knowledge acquired through informal or non-formal learning; against pre-determined qualification standard in order to formally recognize them.
The first phase of the project will be implemented in the Electronics and Garment Making trade areas in three (3) regions of Ghana – Greater Accra, Northern and Ashanti.
Facilitators from the Accreditation, Assessment and Certification Directorate of CTVET took participants through stages of the model. Mr. Emanuel Amankwaah, Head of Registration and Accreditation was lead facilitator. He made a presentation on the Information and Application stage, a portfolio of evidence of activities (pictures or videos) undertaken in the trade area required from the candidate before assessment. He finally talked about the payment process and cautioned that applicants are to submit their forms to selected Training Providers only.
The Evidence Judgement Stage was facilitated by Head of Unit of the Certification department, Mr Eric Nyarko; while Mr. Stephen Morrison, Head of Unit at the Accreditation department took the participants through the process of Verification and Verification under the RPL model.
About 60 participants attended the workshop held at the Education Village Conference Centre in Accra.
The Commission for Technical and Vocational Education and Training led by the Ag. Director General Dr. Fred Kyei Asamoah, today embarked on a tree planting exercise at the Commission’s premises as part of the “GreenGhanaDay” Campaign.
The campaign which was launched in April 2021 by the Lands and Natural Resources Ministry, is part of a strategy to protect Ghana’s forests and the environment, through the planting of 5 million trees on June 11, 2021.
The Commission for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (CTVET) organized a working session on Greening TVET at the Tomreik Hotel in Accra.
The workshop brought together 40 heads of Technical and Vocational Institutes (TVIs) to discuss the challenges and opportunities in practising Greening in TVET Institutions, to enable them develop Institutional Greening Plans (IGP).
In his opening remarks, the Ag. Director General of CTVET Dr. Fred Kyei Asamoah, underscored the importance of strengthening the awareness and knowledge on greening to prepare learners for the emerging jobs and new opportunities that transitioning to a green economy will create.
“We need to train and equip these learners, our future labour force, to accept greening philosophies to change their thinking and mindset,” he added.
He charged the participants to be change agents and champion the path to “transforming the learning/training environments in their schools and the society at large, by developing and implementing effective green strategies.”
The Coordinating Lead for the Planning, Project, Research Monitoring and Evaluation (PPRME) Directorate of CTVET Mr. Samuel Thompson, in his presentation said, “there are various things we do that affect the environment negatively and these have consequences on future generations. Almost every sector has been affected by these negative practices and all the solutions to these negative practices are found in the TVET sector.”
President of the Association of Principals of Technical Institutions (APTI) Mr Benjamin Adjabeng expressed satisfaction at the insights gleaned from the workshop.
“In our next meeting, we will come out with a policy that will improve upon tree planting, check erosion and encourage recycling in the schools,” he added.
The workshop delved into green concepts, potential green job areas, SDGs and Greening TVET; how to green the campus, curriculum and training and research, among others.
Greening TVET for environmental sustainability is one of the major pillars under the 5-year Strategic Plan for #TVET Transformation.
A delegation led by the Ag. Director General of the Commission for TVET (CTVET) Dr. Fred Kyei Asamoah paid a working visit to the Ho Technical University and the Mpehuasem Campus of the Accra Technical University on Saturday 5th June, 2021.
The purpose of the visit was to inspect ongoing projects under the Ghana-China Project on the Rehabilitation and Upgrading of Equipment in Technical Institutes (including Technical Universities)
The project is being implemented to improve the employability of the Ghanaian youth by providing them with the relevant skills and competencies required for self and formal employment.
This project will see the provision of state of the art tools and equipment to 30 Technical Institutes and all the Technical Universities across the country. as well as the construction of a construction of Technical Examinations Unit Block (TEUB) at the Akenten Appiah-Menka University of Skills Training and Entrepreneurial Development (AAMUSTED).
The Commission for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (CTVET) has inaugurated the Sector Skills Bodies (SSBs) Secretariat at the Head Office of the National Vocational Training Institute (NVTI) in Accra.
The secretariat, financed by the Ghana Skills Development Initiative III (GSDI), is expected to serve as an office facility for the SSBs to conveniently conduct their activities.
Speaking at the event the Minister for Education Hon. Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, who was the Guest of Honour, noted that he is excited to inaugurate such a body and is hopeful they would bring their expertise on board to help in the development of the youth.
He said¸ “the establishment of sector skills bodies is an essential vehicle that brings together relevant private sector industries, industry professional bodies, relevant government institutions and education and training institutions together to explore and address the present and future workforce needs of industry. This is indeed one of the surest ways by which we can all together tackle the skills mismatch challenges between what is needed in industry and what is being supplied by the training institutions.”
Swiss Ambassador to Ghana H.E. Philip Stalder, in his short address noted that he is pleased with the setting up of the Secretariat and is very optimistic that Ghana will benefit fully from Technical and Vocational training through the establishment of these Skills Bodies.
GIZ Country Director Regina Bauerochse Barbosa, said GIZ was pleased to partner the Commission on various projects including the construction of the SSBs secretariat, to enhance the face of TVET in Ghana.
She added that the establishment of the SSBs was an essential step towards labour market demand-driven, competency-based training and applauded the Government of Ghana for the “bold steps it is taking to restructure and harmonise the technical and vocational education training landscape in the country.”
“The Ghana Skills Development Initiative implemented by GIZ will continue to support capacity building measures to the Sector Skills Bodies to enable them to fulfil their mandate, she said.”
The Ag. Director General of CTVET Dr Fred Kyei Asamoah said that it was paramount for industry to be at the centre of skills development to provide the right environment for the creation of employment opportunities.
“I am proud that the Ministry for Education through CTVET is ensuring that industry leads the way in terms of skills training through the setting up of Sector Skills Bodies; to focus on the exploration of business opportunities, innovation and capacity needs within identified sectors of the economy.
It is our sincere hope that through your work, we will find practical solutions to the challenge of skills mismatch and be adequately prepared for future skills needs,” he said.
He also commended International Labour Organization (ILO), GIZ, Konrad Adeneur Stiftung (KAS), AHK, Ford Foundation, SECO/ Switzerland Government, and European Union for joining forces and succeeding in making the setting up of the SSBs a reality.
Eight (8) newly established Sector Skill Bodies (SSBs) were also inaugurated at the event. They are: Pharmaceuticals, Automotive, Oil & Gas, Renewable Energy, Textiles Garment & Apparel, Healthcare, ICT, Logistics & Transportation.
Background of SSBs
As part of government’s TVET transformation strategy to improve upon the governance and management of TVET, 22 Sector Skills Bodies are being established by the Ministry of Education through CTVET.
Sector skills bodies are a group of related industries that come together under a common structure to drive growth and competitiveness across the sector.
They focus on exploration of business opportunities, innovation and capacity needs within the sectors.
The Commission for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (CTVET) has organized a one-day sensitization workshop for principals of technical and vocational institutions, on the conduct of 2021 Certificate II Core Subjects Examinations.
About 200 principals of technical and vocational institutions and their staff attended the workshop held at the Education Village Conference Centre.
Educating participants on the Education Regulatory Bodies Act 2020 (Act 1023), Ag. Director General Dr Fred Kyei Asamoah, in his welcome address said that the Commission is now better positioned to give learners the confidence to demonstrate and fulfil their potential.
Dr Peter Boahin, Coordinating Lead for Standards, Curriculum Development and Enforcement Division, said the workshop was part of efforts to ensure that examinations were conducted in a smooth and fair manner and reduce the incidence of examination malpractices.
He entreated participants to ensure strict supervision to deter candidates from cheating and detect irregularities.
“We started using nose masks not long ago but I have reports on my desk that some candidates write reference material on these masks. You need to be extra vigilant as they are becoming more ingenious in their ways,” he said.
Mr. Sampson Damptey Tettey, Coordinating Lead for Accreditation, Assessment and Certification Division, indicated that Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) has shifted from a supply-led to a demand-led approach; leading to the conversion of training programmes into Competency-Based Training mode, to equip learners with practical experience to be better prepared for the world of work.
He added that “institutions should put the requisite structures in place to make teaching and learning in this mode effective.”
Staff of the Accreditation & Certification Unit took turns to take participants through the rules and regulations for dealing with cases of irregularities; the roles and responsibilities on the conduct of exams and the concerns of the Commission on the conduct of the exams.
During the workshop, participants actively took part in discussions and were given the opportunity to ask questions; which were answered by the staff of the Commission.
WELCOME ADDRESS BY THE AG. DIRECTOR GENERAL OF CTVET, DR. FRED KYEI ASAMOAH, AT THE INAUGURATION OF THE SECTOR SKILLS SECRETARIAT ON FRIDAY, 28TH MAY 202I
Hon. Minister for Education
Your Excellencies (Members of the Diplomatic Corps)
Heads of institutions
Friends from the Media
Distinguished Invited Guests
Ladies and Gentlemen
I am extremely excited to welcome you all to this inauguration of the Sector Skills Bodies Secretariat.
On behalf of the Commission, I would like to express our sincere gratitude to the Hon. Minister for Education Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum for graciously accepting to be here this morning. This truly is a testament of Government’s commitment to the strengthening of TVET to better enable its skilled workforce contribute to national development.
Ladies and Gentlemen, Ghana has a youthful population. With the right technical and vocational education and training, coupled with national strategies and policies that provide the right environment for the creation of employment opportunities, they would be the nation’s greatest asset for development.
One of the avenues to realize this is through partnership with industry. So, I am proud that the Ministry of Education through CTVET is ensuring that industry leads the way in terms of skills training through the setting up of Sector Skills Bodies; to focus on the exploration of business opportunities, innovation and capacity needs within identified sectors of the economy.
Members of the bodies have all been selected for their various contributions and experience in their respective sectors.
It is our sincere hope that through your work, we will find practical solutions to the challenge of skills mismatch and be adequately prepared for future skills needs.
Ladies and Gentlemen, we are gathered here to observe two very important milestones. The inauguration of the newly established SSBs in the following sectors; Textiles, Garment and Apparel, Logistics and Transportation and Health Care. We will also witness the official inauguration of the office for the Sector Skills Bodies.
The building we inaugurate today is going to serve as an office facility for you to conveniently conduct your activities.
Hon Minister, Excellencies, the establishment of eleven (11) Sector Skills Bodies, with another 11 more to go; has been the result of the commitment and hard work of dozens and dozens of people. I would like to say a big thank you to all who have made this possible.
To our partners GIZ, European Union, International Labour Organization, Ford Foundation, KAS – Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, AHK – German Chambers of Commerce Abroad; we truly appreciate your unflinching support!
May our bond of friendship continue to grow in the ensuing years.
I hope I will not be out of line if I say the doors of this secretariat are always open to all. Please do come by and let us all join forces to strengthen skills development to achieve the Ghana we all envisage.
THANK YOU ALL.