In Ghana, as in many parts of the world, Technical, Vocational Education & Training (TVET) has suffered an image crisis over the years, with many young people treating it as a last, instead of a first option when considering careers.
President Akufo-Addo’s government considers TVET as vital to youth employment and its flagship policies such as the One District, One Factory, and Planting for Food and Jobs. These ultimately feed into our nations’ industrial agenda. Aside investing in equipment and infrastructure to shore up skills training as well as a five-year strategic plan, government has also embarked on other initiatives to promote TVET among young people. These include;
1. The MyTVET Campaign
The main goal of this campaign, which has been launched, is to change negative perceptions about TVET in Ghana using tools such as:
- Career Guidance and Counselling. (Manuals have been provided for 100 JHS and training provided for the G & C Coordinators).
- VET Clubs in Junior High Schools.
- Skills Competitions.
- TVET ambassadors and role models.
- Interactive MyTVET web portal.
- TVET roadshows.
- Radio, Newspaper and TV advertisements.
- Outdoor Advertising (MyTVET Billboards, brochures, flyers and posters).
2. WorldSkills Ghana Secretariat
The Ministry of Education through COTVET has registered as the 81st member of WorldSkills International (WSI). We have setup WSGh Secretariat to promote TVET and skills development among the youth for employability, creativity and innovation. This is to ensure that as a nation, we grow the right set of skills required for industrialization and economic growth.
The Ministry through COTVET has also signed a partnership agreement with WorldSkills Germany (WSG) to partner WSGh in adopting the best practices of WorldSkills International.
3. Ghana TVET Voucher Project (Phases 1 and 2)
The Ghana TVET Voucher Project (GTVP) is under the Ghanaian – German Financial cooperation is co-financed by BMZ through KfW and the Ghanaian Government. It is being implemented by COTVET. It is the first Voucher Programme in the TVET sector co-funded by Ghana and the German FC with a value of Euro Eleven (11) million for Phase One. Following the successes achieved in GTVP Phase One, the project has been expanded and a second phase is being implemented valued at 11 million Euros.
Number of Beneficiaries as at May 2020
A total of 13,327 beneficiaries have received vouchers for training since inception.
Number of beneficiaries completed Training
A total of 8,338 learners have completed training under National Proficiency level.
TVET & COVID-19
With the outbreak of COVID-19 and the increased demand worldwide for the use of face mask, some GTVP TPs have embarked on institutional production of face mask on commercial basis. For example, with equipped institutional workshops and skill graduates, Gracelove Creation in Central Region, Amansan Skills Training Institute and Uni-Jay in Ashanti Region, Dabokpa in Tamale, Northern Region, and GNTDA have all started producing face mask for the public especially government institutions on commercial basis in the fight against the pandemic.
The Ministry through COTVET in collaboration with Ghana Standards Authority (GSA), Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) and the Association of Ghana Apparel Manufacturers (AGAM) prepared Infographics and videos on how to make a facemask according to prescribed industry standards. This has been developed to assist our stakeholders and it is part of the Ministry’s contribution towards the fight against COVID-19 pandemic.