Regional News of Friday, 20 July 2012

Source: Daily Graphic

34 Training institutes to be resourced

The Ministry of Employment and Social Welfare is to set up a committee to look into how to revisit the sourcing of a $35 million facility provided by the United Kingdom for the retooling of the 34 training institutes of the National Vocational and Training Institute (NVTI) throughout the country.

The Minister of Employment and Social Welfare, Mr. Moses Asaga who announced this said the facility which was provided some time ago was still on the priority list of the ministry and that a memorandum of understanding would be signed between the Ghana Government and the United Kingdom as a beginning of a process to access the facility.

Mr Asaga said this when responding to questions at a staff durbar at the Takoradi Vocational Training Institute as part of his familiarisation visit to some vocational training institutes under the NVTI in the Western Region.

The minister had earlier on inspected some of the departments of the Takoradi Vocational Training Institutes, including the Trade Test Department, the ICT Centre with internet facility, Welding and Fabrication, Mechanical Engineering, Auto Mechanics and Auto Electrical Engineering departments.

Touching on how to access the Skills Development Fund of the Council for Technical Vocational Education and Training (COTVET), Mr Asaga said a meeting would be organised between the council and the NVTI on how the fund could be accessed.

He said there should be quality and standard in vocational training, particularly in the provision of skills for the oil and gas industry, adding “Middle level technical and engineering education was very important”.

He said the government was committed to improving technical resources that would keep the country abreast with the technological advancement of the world.

He stressed the need to have more people studying Science and Technology to facilitate the socio-economic transformation of the country.

The Director of the NVTI, Mr S.B.Amponsah said the institute was committed to the development of skills in the country and that there were three or four of such vocational training institutes in each region of the country.

He said the Takoradi Vocational Training Institute was strategically positioned as an engineering school to produce most of the graduates for the oil and gas industry.

Mr Amponsah stressed that most of the oil and gas related courses could be taught in the institute if the needed infrastructure was provided.

He pointed out that self employment was key characteristic of the NVTI which was why it had practicalised the teaching of entrepreneurship.

He said 50 per cent of graduates from the various vocational training centres became self employed, while 25 per cent got into wage employment one year after their training programme, adding “Vocational training targets graduates of NVTI to be self employed”.

The director emphasised that retooling and provision of infrastructural needs of the vocational training centres had become critical when the need arose for them to produce more people who would work in the industries.

Mr Amponsah stressed that Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund) Law should be looked at to give equal opportunities to the NVTI centres.

He also stressed the need to ensure that the skills being provided and being received was first class.**