NVTI Boss calls for re-branding of technical vocational training

Accra Aug. 26, GNA – A call has been made to
re-brand Technical Vocational Education Training (TVET) as it has the potential
of employing young professionals, job seekers and reshape current workers.

Mr Stephen Amponsah, Executive Director of the
National Vocational Training Institute observed that TVET was the bedrock for
the formation of Small Medium Enterprises (SME’s), which if properly supported
could successfully help manage the unemployment burden in Ghana to a large
extent.

“The country should strongly consider
rebranding TVET to improve its acceptability by citizenry and government should
lead the way.”

Mr Amponsah an Engineer was speaking at the
Comfort Ntiamoah-Mensah Memorial Forum on Vocational Training for Females (VTF)
at Osu in Accra.

The occasion was also used to launch the
Comfort Ntiamoah-Mensah Foundation.

The forum was on the theme: “Building a Solid
Foundation for Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) in Ghana- a
Situational Analysis.”

The VTF programme was established by the
Presbyterian Church of Ghana and her partner, the Bread for the World/
Protestant Development Service, Germany to respond to the church’s
socio-economic objectives of transforming lives of the people.

Mr Amponsah observed that the current
relationship between industries and TVET is causal and should be strengthened
by government which plays a lead role in TVET as it is being done in advanced
countries.

He called for the creation of a fund by the
industries in funding TVET and open their doors for work placement experiences
facilitators training and curriculum enrichment programmes.

Mr Amponsah who was speaking on the topic:
“Policy and Practice: Experience and Challenges of TVET delivery in Ghana,”
said the unequal distribution and inadequate resources on TVET required urgent
redress.

According to him it appeared that TVET
resources are channelled to the Ministry of Education Institutions who provide
least out turn of graduates at all levels.

“This is as a result of the placement of
Council of Technical and Vocational Education Training (COTVET) which is
problematic. This situation is not good for a developing country and should be
reversed especially when all providers graduate their trainees to the same job
market,” he explained.

According him a system should be fashioned to
bring about parity in the distribution of resources.

On research, the Executive Director of NVTI
said Ghana should encourage research in skills needed and what would become of
them in future.

Mr Amponsah said carpentry skills seem to lose
its patronage because no new things are being added on to the old ones that
existed adding that made it unattractive.

“Let’s create a TVET research institution that
will also inform providers with the kind of skills required as the old one give
way,” he stressed.

Throwing more light on the challenges of TVET,
it should be housed and placed at a point that no ministry could manipulate it
directly or indirectly so it could drive its policies fairly across board.

GNA

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