WorldSkills is a movement of change. With its 85-member countries and regions, it helps young people who want to change their lives and the fortunes of their communities, and societies.
Ghana is the 81st member and the first West African country to join World Skills International, a group of people and organisations that together advance the shared social objective of increasing the provision of skills. With this, we join other member countries in building the confidence of millions of young people and inspiring young competitors to turn their passions into professions.
WorldSkills Ghana (WSGh) is a secretariat at the Commission for Technical and Vocational Education and Training established in 2019. The unit is responsible for organising skills competitions at the Zonal and National Levels, and preparing competitors adequately for WorldSkills International competitions.
Role of WorldSkills Ghana in TVET Delivery:
- To inspire world-class excellence in skills development
- To introduce the youth to a variety of skilled careers
- To build capacity by providing exchange programme opportunities
- To engage facilitators to be trained in understanding their role as experts/judges/technical support, in applying WorldSkills Standard Specification (WSSS)
Skills Competition is one of the tools being employed by the Commission to change the negative perceptions about TVET in Ghana and to increase enrolment in Technical and Vocational Institutions in Ghana. It is also aimed at encouraging creativity, innovation and competitiveness among learners and instructors for the improvement of TVET. Furthermore, it raises stakeholder awareness and courts industry support for TVET in the country.
The maiden Skills Competition organised by the Commission in 2018, saw participants from the various technical and vocational institutions across the country; converge at the Trade Fair Centre, Accra to compete for honours in several trade areas. The winners from that competition went on to compete at the WorldSkills Africa Regional Competition in Kigali.
Ghana won gold in the cooking category, silver in hairdressing and electrical wiring and bronze in mechatronics at the 2018 WorldSkills Africa Regional Competition.
Chef Sika Mortoo won gold in the Cooking Category at the Maiden WorldSkills Africa Regional Competition, held in Kigali. She also won the best cook in the Ghana Versus Nigeria Jollof Competition, organized by Promasidor Limited, under their brand Onga. Sika has started her own business with the funds she won from the competition.
Three of the competitors from the 2018 Skills Competition (Isaac Adjoka, Justice Nyarko and Clement Siaw) have been selected by Delorenzo S.pA to create the first made in Ghana robotics training kit (bot-arm) . They have set up their own company as well, known as JIC Robotics.
Lisa Mendita won silver in the Hairdressing Category, at the WorldSkills Africa Regional Competition. She has since been employed by FC Beauty College as a facilitator.