Matilda Amissah-Arthur addressing the ‘No Candidate artisans.
Matilda Amissah Arthur, wife of the Vice President, has challenged members of the Ghana National Association of Garages (GNAG) and other artisans to upgrade their skills to meet international standards or risk being kicked out of business.
Mrs Amissah-Arthur was speaking at the launch of Skills Development Fund (SDF) Grant Training on Auto Electronic Diagnostic Testing for about 1,500 artisans in the Western Region.
The artisans are undergoing training on modern techniques in detecting faults on vehicles at the Takoradi Polytechnic.
In all, 10 zones had been selected from the 22 districts namely; Aowin Suaman, Sekondi, Nzemaman, Tarkwa, Sefwi-Wiawso, Agona Ahanta, Sefwi-Juaboso, Takoradi, Wassa Amenfi and Bia to take part in the training.
The SDF is an initiative of Ghana in partnership with the World Bank and Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA).
The training is a Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (COTVET) sponsored initiative under the Skills Development Fund provided by the World Bank and DANIDA.
A total of GH¢830,530 from the Skills Development Fund had been earmarked for the ‘Auto Electronic Diagnostic Testing’ course.
Mrs Amissah Arthur entreated the artisans to take the training seriously in order to acquire new skills that would enhance their operations.
Kwesi Anwuboh, Regional Secretary of the Ghana National Association of Garages (GNAG), indicated that the training would ensure that artisans fully repair and maintain vehicles.
He pointed out that the association had acquired two acres of land for a training school where the youth and the under-privileged could learn apprenticeship.
Paul Evans Aidoo, Western Regional Minister, noted that such training programmes could help reduce unemployment in the country.
The Minister encouraged them to share and transfer the knowledge that would be acquired to members, who would not have an opportunity to be trained by the polytechnic.
Alhaji S. M. Dakpo, National Chairman of GNAG, charged the polytechnic to develop a training manual for the GNAG to help in organizing refresher courses for their members.
Professor Daniel Nyarko, Rector of the Takoradi Polytechnic, whose speech was read on his behalf, said the polytechnic had positioned itself as a leader in technical and vocational training.
He pointed out that the polytechnic had a well-equipped auto-electronic laboratory to enable it to deliver efficiently on its mandate.
From Emmanuel Opoku, Takoradi
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