It gives me great pleasure to be here today as we undertake the important exercise of commissioning equipment for use by the Koforidua Technical University. It is always a pleasure to be involved in matters relating to technical education because I believe we are all agreed that Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) hold an important key to our development aspirations as a country,
Ladies and gentlemen, the government of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo recognises the social and economic benefits of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) and its potential to reduce unemployment by stimulating greater participation in the labour market and reducing inequality by providing social mobility for disadvantaged groups.
TVET is designed to prepare individuals for a vocation or a specialized occupation and so is directly linked with a nation’s productivity and competitiveness. For sustainable development to take place, significant investment must be made in increasing the skills of the workforce. This is especially crucial in an increasingly globalized world. There is therefore the urgent need for us to train and make available to the industry highly skilled human resources to serve as the key drivers of the economy.
In spite of the potential of TVET to spur economic growth, the sector has been characterised with some challenges, namely inadequate infrastructure, inadequate finance, multiplicity in certification and its associate difficulty in coordinating TVET across several ministries. These have inadvertently affected the quality of TVET delivery in our Institutions for decade.
It is in response to these challenges that the current Government has made it a policy to develop Technical and Vocational Skills relevant for the 21st Century to tackle challenges presented by the 4th industrial revolution which requires tailor made solutions that is adaptable country wide.
Government is fully aware of the infrastructural needs of our Technical Universities. Efforts have been made at supplying demonstration laboratories for engineering students in some of the Technical Universities including Ho Technical University, by Amatrol. The Ministry of Education is taking steps to provide similar laboratories to the rest of the Technical Universities and this time it is turn of Koforidua Technical University to benefit from this facility.
The Amatrol project started in July 2011 with Takoradi and Kumasi Technical Universities. Takoradi Technical University supplied with Petro – Chemical and Hydraulic Teaching Systems. Kumasi Technical University was supplied with Mechatronics teaching Systems, which is Mechanical and Electronics teaching systems combined. This was coupled with the installation of a computer laboratory that is internet ready for multimedia. The supply of Mechanical, Electrical / Electronics and Auto Engineering Teaching Systems has been completed and installed in Koforidua Technical University by Amatrol technicians from USA and we are gathered here today to commission it.
This Technical laboratory is equipped with worldwide industry standard training systems that combine hands-on skill training with its required theory. These learning systems integrates seamlessly into any manufacturing and Production Setup and Cuts across various technical field. These learning systems are equally effective for technicians, engineers, production workers and anyone needing further understanding and skills in areas such as electronics, electrical, mechanical Automotive and Automation.
One Major benefit of the equipment is that it uses real-world industrial quality components to help students become better prepared for what they will encounter on the job with industry-relevant skills that makes them ready for the job market. Each equipment has elements that incorporate the skill development needed for modern industry. From operation to complex troubleshooting, Amatrol’s learning systems deliver job-ready skills needed for industries such as Oil and Gas, Power Generation, Production, Processing and Manufacturing plants.
Ladies and gentlemen, government is committed to ensuring that our technical universities are properly tooled to provide the necessary skills for young people. We will continue to invest in streamlining TVET and making it a first, rather than last option for young people seeking a career.
I am confident that our technical universities are able to partner with government in meaningful ways to engage young people and give meaning to government’s vision for TVET in Ghana, and I look forward to further collaborative efforts in this direction.
Ladies and Gentlemen, it is my pleasure and honour to invite you to the laboratory for the formal commissioning of the equipment.
List of equipment
Process Control Systems
Table top mechatronics
Programmable Logic Controllers
Power Control Electronics
CNC Milling System
Alternative Energy (Solar and wind)