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Accra Technical University celebrates World Youth Skills Day

By
Julius K. Satsi/ Ernestina S. Asante
    

Accra, July 15, GNA – The
Accra Technical University (ATU) on Saturday joined the world to celebrate this
year’s World Youth Skills Day on the theme: “Development to Improve Youth
Employment”.

To mark the
commemoration of the day, there was a three-day national skills exhibition
programme by all Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET)
institutions across the country.

Mr Zogblah Theophilus
Tetteh, the Coordinator of Occupational Standards at the Council for Technical
and Vocational Education and Training (COTVET) said the annual celebration was
to inform governments to implement pragmatic interventions to support hands-on
job creation.

Mr Tetteh noted that
the day was designated by the United Nations to generate greater awareness on
the importance of technical education and the development of other relevant
skills for the development of global and national economies.

He indicated that the
maiden edition of the Skills exhibition had come to stay, urging all other TVET
institutions to collaborate with the Association of Ghana Industries as well as
other stakeholders to tap into it to give meaning to skills development.

Mr Tetteh said TVET
was a ‘must’ developmental area to focus the energy of the country on because
of its enormous significance to industrialising the economy and its potentials
to serve as a catalyst for job creation.

He said TVET was
concurrent to a nation’s productivity and competitiveness by preparing for a
vocation or specialised occupations.

Mr Tetteh noted: “For
sustainable development to take place, significant investment must be made in
upgrading the skills of the youth workforce.

Ghana needs TVET to
grow more industries and create jobs for the youth and for secured future”.

In an interview with
the Ghana News Agency, Ms Shadrachlina Akotuah, a final year student of Hotel,
Catering and Institutional Management department of ATU, who also had the
opportunity to exhibit, expressed excitement for being part of the maiden
edition of the national youth skills exhibition.

Ms Akotuah said: “The
exhibition has given us the opportunity to showcase what we have learnt over
the last three years and I hope this programme will continue.”

GNA

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