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Accra Technical University calls for stakeholder partnership

By
Julius K. Satsi/ Ernestina S. Asante, GNA

Accra, July 13, GNA –
Professor Sylvester Achio, the Interim Vice Chancellor of the Accra Technical
University has called on stakeholders of the Technical and Vocational Education
and Training (TVET) to empower institutions for effectiveness and increase
employability.

Professor Achio noted
that TVET institutions were able to build the skills needed for the industry
saying, it was necessary for government, industry, the private organisations
and each of the public institutions to collaborate in the formulation of the
curricular, the provision of on-the-job training and the certification of
skills offered.

He was speaking at the
opening ceremony of a three-day national skills exhibition to commemorate this
year’s World Youth skills day, which was on the theme: “Skills Development to
improve Youth Employment”.

The Interim Vice
Chancellor, who was presenting on the topic: “Roles of TVET in preparation of
quality and competitive skilled manpower for Ghana’s industrial growth,”
indicated that TVET institutions had the capacity to unleash the potentials by
offering skills aimed at rural development, establishment and sustenance of
small and medium enterprises.

Professor Achio said
the capacity of TVET institutions to realise their full potentials in the
country was hindered by inadequate tools and equipment for practical training
and keeping the pace with technological advancement.

He added that
curricula in institutions were outdated and that attachments as well as
linkages to industry were poorly planned and inadequately supervised.

“People’s attitude to
vocational training, mismatch between skills taught and those demanded by
industries due to inability to update curriculum and low participation of
private sector, which is necessary to bridge the gap of school and work,”
Professor Achio said.

Quoting the Ghana
Labour Market Profile 2014, he said there was a huge demand for provide
short-term vocational training for the workers in the informal economy to
improve their small businesses.

Professor Achio said
the relatively higher unemployment rate among the educated was an indication of
limited job creation in formal sector to absorb the increasing number of
graduates.

The Interim Vice
Chancellor noted that the ATU, as a tertiary TVET institution undertook
measures to improve skills and build capacity in both formal and informal
sectors through various approaches and with collaboration with industries.

Professor Achio said
there was the need to intensify attachment, internship and training programmes
to produce quality and competitive skilled work force for Ghana’s industrial
growth.

He added that there
was the need to institute demand-driven programmes and regular review of
curricula to meet the dynamics of time.

Professor Achio noted
that there was also the need to promote innovation, creativity and
re-orientation of minds of students and staff on TVET programmes.

He added that there
was the need to promote the establishment of adequate and needed infrastructure
and human resource base.

The three-day national
day of exhibition, which was an initiative of Council for Technical and
Vocational Education and Training and supported by ATU saw the exhibition of
some artisanal works by students of the University.

Some of the works on
exhibition were mobile phone radiation detector, yam flakes, furniture designs,
palatinated animals and animal parts for learning purposes, clothing, and GSM
system, which assist in identifying illegal connections in electricity
supply.  

GNA

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