General News | ER: Ghana TVET voucher project launched in Koforidua

Ghana TVET Voucher Project(GTVP), Eastern Region, has been launched in Koforidua Technical University on Wednesday 10th May, 2019.

Speaking at the event, Honorable Gifty Twum Ampofo said, trends in the global labour market indicate that, persons with skills or vocation are on high demand but much attention was not given to TVET in the time past and has resulted in Ghana importing craftsmen from other countries to serve the country's needs at a high forex exchange cost so the need to adopt major reforms to turn the table around for socio-economic development of Ghana. She therefore urged all TVET students, master craft-persons and their apprentices to take advantage of the GTVP to build their capacity for national development.

As part of the mojor reforms, she mentioned that, relevant courses are going to be included in the TVET curriculum to make students self-employed and employable at the end of their education.

The honorable deputy minister said, the government is realign all technical and vocational institutions under ministry of education to improve monitoring and evaluation.

"Nineteen ministeries have some form of TVET
institutions which do not form part of their core business, so the goverment is realign all these institutions under the ministry of education, also the ministry of Education is going to engage all the nineteen ministries and associate industries for specific training needed for the TVET students " Hon Twum-Ampofo.

Hon Twum-Ampofo further stated that, Parliament has approved a loan of €127m to be used to train teachers on modern technology and modern courses and to build modern infrusture with state of the arts laboratory and equipment to improve TVET in Ghana.

The deputy minister explained that GTVP is one of the interventions initiated by the Nana Akufo Addo led NPP government to upgrade the skills of artisans and craftsmen from both formal and informal sector for free. This intervention aims at building their capacity to be more competent and competitive in their field of work locally and internationally.

The  Executive Director of the Council for Technical Vocational Education and Training (COTVET), Dr. Fred Kyei Asamoah, On his part said, it is the vision of the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, to achieve the Ghana Beyond Aid Agenda, therefore, TVET as the component of that agenda, remains high among the priority lists of the President.

According to him, as of March 2019, 5,000 people have benefited from the Ghana TVET Voucher Project with 454 out of the number completing fully the MP1 Level.

He said, skills is a major component of the Ghana Beyond Aid Agenda and therefore the country will continue to sustain the progress with the implementation of the Ghana TVET Voucher Project by learning from Malaysia which now export equipment and or machinery to Germany.

The vice chancellor for the Koforidua Technical university, Prof. Mrs. Smile Dzisi Gavua on her part commended the government for such a loudable initiative.

"It's going open the gate for students to appreciate TVET. Also, equipment meant for the training will be made available to facilitate the project" Prof  Mrs Smile Dzisi Gavua.

In attendance were, Honorable Gifty Twum-Ampofo,deputy minister of education in charge of Technical and Vocational Education and Training(TVET) also the member of Parliament for Abuakwa North Constituency, Dr Fred Kyei Asamoah, COTVET Executive Director, Prof.Mrs. Smile Dzisi Gavua, Vice Chancellor of Koforidua Technical University who was also the chairman of the occasion, headmasters and principals of various TVET institutions  and Presidents of various artisan unions in the region, participants from various formal and information TVET institutions and the press.

Ghana TVET Voucher Project (GTVP) is a Ghana\Germany co-funded project.

GTVP provides demand-driven training vouchers to COTVET-registered master craft persons, their apprentices and workers.

The vouchers are used to fund competency-based training cour.

Story: Nana Kwasi As are

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