Regional News of Wednesday, 21 August 2013


COTVET trains 150 mastercraftsmen

The Development of Skills for Industry Project (DSIP), an African Development Bank (AfDB) sponsored project, implemented by the Project Support Unit (PSU) of the Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (COTVET) has organised a three-day trainer of trainers workshop for 150 trade association members located in the Eastern and Volta regions.

This is to provide harmonised standards and mode of training for apprentices and also improve their knowledge and skills in the Competency Based Training (CBT) methods.

The aim of the workshop is to improve the skills and knowledge of the mastercrafts persons in the informal technical and vocational education and training (TVET) sector.

Participants at the workshop were drawn from the garment, cosmetology and hairdressing, auto mechanics, electronics, welding and fabrication and building construction sectors of the two regions.

A statement issued by Mr Kofi Asare, Communications and Outreach Officer of COTVET-PSU said the participants would be assessed by COTVET certified internal and external verifiers.

“Certification would be awarded to successful participants by COTVET.

The programme is being monitored by the monitoring and evaluation department of the COTVET-PSU to ensure effectiveness, while ensuring the sustainability and success of the programme,” it said.

The Head of the Project Support Unit of COTVET, Mr Matthew Dally, said the DSIP project would train 500 mastercrafts persons nationwide this year.

“Training providers will be encouraged to seek funding from BUSAC and the Skills Development Fund to organise further training for future mastercrafts persons in the CBT mode.

“It is expected that at the end of the training the beneficial mastercrafts persons should be able to, among other things, train apprentices using the CBT methods from standards generation to assessment methods, be conversant with and be able to apply occupational, health and safety measures at the workplace,” it said.