GIZ, EU launch VET Toolbox initiative in Ghana

Samira Larbie/Mohammed Abdulai, GNA

Accra, Sept. 29, GNA –
The German Development Agency (GIZ) has launched the Vocational Education and
Training (VET) Toolbox to train a highly skilled workforce able to support the
development of local industries.

The VET Toolbox,
funded jointly by the European Union (EU) and the German Government, aims to
strengthen the Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) sector to
ensure employability for all, which will contribute to the sustainable growth
of the economy.

It also seeks to
promote demand-driven, inclusive vocational education and training, while
targeting short-term technical expertise, and funding initiatives that promote
inclusion of vulnerable groups in the formal and informal labour market.

The project, which
began in October 2017, would last for five years and would aid the fast growing
youth population to develop their skills to ensure employability.

Through the VET
Toolbox, actors from civil society, private and public sectors can apply for
support through the address; [email protected]

Mr Robin Cordes, the
Deputy Head of Cooperation, German Embassy, at the launch, said youth
unemployment remained a global problem and an agenda to be pursued as people
considered it a time bomb.

He said the world was
already feeling the effects with wide spread agitations, unrests and the mass
migration of youth from developing countries through dangerous means to Europe
in search of jobs.

Mr Cordes noted that a
recent International Labour Organisation report 2018 indicated that global
unemployment rate was at 5.6 per cent in 2017, a figure which corresponds
to 192.7 million unemployed persons, adding that this represented an increase
of 2.6 million from the 2016 figure.

He said the situation
was not quite different in Ghana, as the World Bank Ghana Country latest report
aptly showed that about 48 per cent of unemployed persons are between the ages
of 15-24 years.

This alarming increasing
rate of youth unemployment, he said, was an indication of the challenge
countries face in their efforts at reaching the global goal of ending poverty
by 2030.

He said no single
country or institution could do this alone, hence, the implementation of the
VET Toolbox to encourage networking, dialogue and exchange of experiences
through the web-based platform. 

Mr Chikodi Onyemerela,
the Acting Country Director, British Council, expressed the Council’s
appreciation as one of the implementing agencies of the VET Tool, which would
add value to reform initiatives.

Mr Andreas Hoth, the
Lead Consultant and VET Expert, urged individuals, civil society, private and
public institutions who needed o vocational education related support to apply.

He said inadequate
private sector engagement in such initiative was detrimental to achieving
success, hence the VET Toolbox, which made available the much needed expertise
and practical advice to partnering countries.

He said VET policies
such as labour market intelligence, private sector engagement and support would
ensure the inclusiveness of disadvantaged and vulnerable groups for the total
development of the workforce.


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