In order to bridge the emerging skills gap and enhance employability especially in the informal sector, the Government of Ghana launched the Ghana Skills Development Initiative (GSDI) in 2012. This project incorporates elements of Germany’s world-renowned dual vocational training model which combines workplace-based training under the traditional system with school-based training modules delivered by selected training TVET providers.
The current phase of GSDI (GSDI IV) has been commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) with funding support from the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO). It has been implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in cooperation with the Commission for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (CTVET) and other public and private sector stakeholders.
GSDI IV Focuses on:
- Improving TVET policy coordination and framework conditions
- Supporting private sector involvement in TVET and supporting the establishment and functionality of Sector Skills Bodies
- The implementation of TVET policies such as Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Certified Workplace Trainer (CWT) Modules which will support the delivery of Curriculum Based Training programs.
- Training of about 750 TVET teachers in CBT, technical, didactical, or pedagogical areas, based on qualification and needs assessments.
- Supporting Skills Competitions and Image Campaigns to improve the perception of TVET in Ghana and generate positive communication in the appropriate media and to support the Professional Development of CTVET’s Human Resource base.