The Commission for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (CTVET) in collaboration with the Ford Foundation established three (3) Sector Skills Bodies for the Textiles Apparel & Garment, Logistics & Transportation and Healthcare Industries; from 19th – 21st May 2021. The event took place at the Commission’s Conference Room.
In his opening remarks, the Ag. Director General Dr Fred Kyei Asamoah, expressed gratitude to members of the Sector Skills Bodies (SSB) for agreeing to work with the Commission to develop a skilled workforce that is responsive to the needs of their respective sectors.
He indicated that their role is central to achieving government’s 5-year strategic plan to build a robust TVET system. Dr Asamoah further expressed the hope that they will be committed to duty and live up to their mandates.
For his part, Dr Peter Boahin, Coordinating Lead for Standards, Curriculum Development and Enforcement Division (SCD & E) said deliberate efforts have been made to adopt an industry-led approach to develop curriculum to curb the challenges of mismatch between skills training and labour market demands. He also informed them about the upcoming inauguration of the SSB secretariat to be held on 28th May, 2021.
Ms Edith Adotey of SCTD & E, spelt out the terms of reference and guidelines for the selection of leaders for the bodies.
Supervising the election of three (3) executives each for all the SSB, Mr Theophilus Tetteh Zogblah of SCTD & E, urged members to be mindful of the need for the bodies to be run by employers; supported as necessary by other sector stakeholders.
Leadership of the SSB commended CTVET for the various interventions in the design and delivery of TVET and pledged to discharge their duties diligently, to help produce a globally competitive skilled workforce for Ghana.
The 19-member Textiles Apparel and Garment SSB will be led by Ms. Salma Salifu (Chairman), Mrs Linda Ampah (Vice Chairman) and Dr William Kwesi Senayah (Secretary).
The 16-member Logistics and Transportation SSB will be led by Rev Godwin Douglas Mensah (Chairman), Mr Danny Laud (Vice Chairman) and Dr George VanDyck (Secretary).
The 20-member Healthcare SSB will be led by Dr Yaw Opoku (Chairman), Mrs Sena Hiadzi (Vice Chairman) and Dr Mrs Susan Ama Amuasi (Secretary).
Sector Skills Bodies are a group of related industries that come together under a common structure to drive growth and competitiveness across the sectors. They focus on the exploration of business opportunities, innovation and capacity needs within the sectors.
They have been established among others things, to make recommendations to CTVET to ensure that qualifications, curriculum and learning materials reflect the occupational standards and that learning materials are also widely accessible; advocate and facilitate greater linkages between skills attainment, professional standards, payment regimes and the TVET system and also advocate for government and other incentives to encourage industry to invest in skills development and TVET.