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.