Accra Technical University Launches Virtual Internship Programme

KwaminaTandoh/Mercy Manukure, GNA

Accra, July 24, GNA –
The Accra Technical University (ATU) has launched its maiden Virtual Internship
Programme (VIP) aimed at preparing over 500 students of the institution to
acquire relevant industrial practical skills on campus.

The four-week
internship would reduce the frustration of students who have had difficulties
in getting internship placement in industries. 

The programme would
also be held during the long vacation where companies would go to the campus to
operate their virtual offices to help introduce students to practical training
operations of industry and the real job market.

The launch attracted a
large number of students of ATU, industry players and delegations from the Cape
Coast Technical University, Sunyani Technical University and Takoradi Technical
University to under study the module of the programme.

Professor Sylvester
Achio, the Vice Chancellor of ATU, said the programme was to create
entrepreneurial spirit among the youth through the needed skills development to
bridge the gap between academia and industry; a way of addressing the
unemployment challenges.

He said in order to
enhance the acquisition of practical skills by students, 14 disciplines of the
University had been attached to various industries to acquire more practical
skills to impart to students.  

Prof. Achio said a
total of 12 industries had partnered the University to undertake the programme
and, therefore, called on other partners to assist in the skills development

Mr Joe Tackie, the
Acting Chief Director, Ministry of Business Development in a keynote address,
said the future of every nation depended on the productivity of its people;
therefore, the government would invest in skills training and apprenticeship
under its industrialisation agenda to create jobs for the youth.

“We have large numbers
of youth spinning out the universities and it is crucial that we interface the
entrepreneurial mind-set in them while they are in school, so that they could
identify the various opportunities around them and transform into their own
businesses,” he said.

He said that to
enhance both the quality of education and productivity, much greater priority
must be given to basic internships, an integral part of every undergraduate

This, he said, was at
the core of experiential education, which was critical to the economic
development of any country.

He added that
President Akufo Addo had launched the National Entrepreneurship and Innovation
plan, an initiative, which would help upcoming entrepreneurs and start-ups to
have access to mentoring and business development services and would also see
the establishment of high-tech business incubation centres across the country.

He said introduction
of the virtual internship programme was transformatory and would offer a great
deal of flexibility to both students and participating companies.

Mr Selassie Kwashie,
the Programmes Manager, said the programme would inculcate in students
leadership abilities, creativity, problem solving skills, strategic thinking
and client-centred approach to start their own businesses, amongst others.


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