200 Mastercraftsmen upgrade skills

Two hundred mastercraftmen from the three northern regions have gone through a three-day trainer of trainees programme to upgrade their skills.

The participants came from the beauty and cosmetics, textile and garments, automotive, as well as electronics and metal fabrication sectors of the informal sector.

The workshop was organised by the Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (COTVET).

A statement signed by Mr Kofi Asare of the Project Support Unit of the COTVET said it was estimated that about 300 apprentices were trained each year by mastercraftsmen.

The CBT modules provide a practical and contemporary approach to training. Participants at the workshop were taken through the various approaches, methodologies and modules required to enable them to enhance their instructional and assessment skills in their respective trade areas and vocations,’ it said.

The statement also said the participants were selected from trade associations including the Ghana National Tailors and Dressmakers Association (GNTDA), Ghana Hairdressers and Beauticians Association (GHABA), Ghana Electronic Servicing Technicians Association (GESTA) and the Ghana Association of Garages (Welding and Automotive).

It said the workshop formed part of the Development of Skills for Industry Project (DSIP), a Government of Ghana initiative designed to reinforce Ghana’s efforts in implementing the reform of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET).

‘DSIP is funded with a $ 125 million loan facility from the African Development Bank and implemented by the Project Support Unit (PSU) of the COTVET. The Head of the COTVET Project Support Unit, Matthew Dally, asserts that the DSIP project aims at supporting the development of high-quality, middle-level technical and vocational skills needed in the Ghanaian economy within the next four years,’ it said.

He further states that the project would also improve the infrastructure and equipment of three technical training institutes in the Upper East, Upper West and Northern regions, and ensure quality skills training in the TVET sector.  The beneficiaries are: Dabokpa Technical Institute (Northern), Wa Technical Institute (Upper West) and Bolgatanga Training Institute (Upper East).

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