Today is World Youth Skills Day, set aside by the UN on 15th July every year to commemorate the acquisition of skills in young people. This year’s theme is ‘Skills for Resilient Youth’.
President Akufo-Addo has reiterated on several occasions his government’s ardent belief that development of youth skills us crucial to this country’s development agenda, particularly through industrialisation. It is for this reason that the Technical, Vocational Education & Training (TVET) sub-sector is undergoing significant reforms to bring it in line with the 21st century opportunities and demand, including tailor-made solutions that are adaptable globally.
The 5 year Strategic Plan for TVET Transformation approved for implementation from 2018 to 2022 is on course. The Strategic deliverables in this document included increasing access and improving quality.
For instance, the TVET institutions in the public sector in Ghana cuts across several ministries. There are currently 19 Ministries that are engaged in TVET and the Council for TVET (COTVET) has had to coordinate and oversee to the running of these institutions as prescribed by Act 718.
For the effective regulation, coordination, standardization and quality of instruction in TVET, Cabinet has agreed to realign all Technical and Vocational Institutions (TVI) under the Ministry of Education.
Other important initiatives are under way in furtherance of the agenda to transform the TVET sector and make it a first, and not last option among young people seeking a career.
Government remains committed to a vision of a skilled and confident workforce ready to take on the challenges of an evolving 21st century global knowledge economy and to bring our Ghana Beyond Aid agenda to fruition.