The Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training, COTVET, as part of response to strengthening the quality of technical and vocational education has launched a process to revamp production units within technical institutions in Ghana.
The aim is to strategically position such production units to become business centers where students can produce marketable quality of their respective products for sale to the private sector.
This two year project which falls under the Development of Skills for Industry Project is managed by the project support unit of the council for technical and vocational education training is a USD 1.6 million facility from the African development bank.
This institutionalization of production units is a project designed to ten selected public technical, vocational, educational and training institutions.
Officials believe it will offer such institutions the opportunity to compete for investment grants provided by the government of Ghana to revitalize and or set up production units in order to strengthen existing Project Support Units and promote innovation.
Executive Director of COTVET, Mr. Sebastian Deh, pointed out that the project will offer assistance specifically as incentives for institutions to undertake approved skills development projects.
He added it will also support the institutionalization of production units which will form the basis for learning workplace experience.
Project Coordinator of COTVET-Project Support Unit, Matthew Dally revealed the unit could boost internally generated funds of these institutions to sustain their activities for continuous improvements of the projects.
The grant will also be used for the purchase of production equipment and tools as well as procurements of inputs for production.
COTVET/PSU is collaborating with the TVET Directorate of the Ghana Education Service, Professional Trade Associations, Association of Polytechnics and Technical Institutions and school management committees of the respective technical institutions for the successful implementation of the scheme.
Divisional Director of TVET at the Ghana Education Service, Isaac Yaw Ezeh charged heads of institutions to ensure the sustainability of the project.
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