‘Free Vocational Education Has Come To Stay’
A DEPUTY Minister for Education in charge of Technical
Vocational Education and Training (TVET), Gifty Twum-Ampofo, has declared that
government will not relent on its efforts to provide free skill, technical and
vocational training to its teeming youth, as this is the surest way of
guaranteeing jobs for them.
She noted that the Council for Technical Vocational
Education and Training (COTVET) through Ghana TVET Voucher Project is providing
the avenue for artisans, master craftsmen, those within the informal sector,
school leavers including school dropouts, to take advantage of this opportunity
and prepare themselves for the world of work.
According to her, trends in the global labour market
indicate that personnel with skills or vocation are on high demand.
Therefore, it was important for the citizenry to
position themselves properly and make good use of the Ghana TVET Voucher
Project by learning and upgrading their skills to international standards to
enable them have their share of the global labour market.
“Let us strive to build ourselves and add value to our
skills using the Ghana TVET Voucher Project as the springboard”, she noted.
Ms. Twum-Ampofo, who is also the Member of Parliament
(MP) for Abuakwa North, made these observations when addressing to a team of
master craftsmen, apprentices, workers and skilled experts in academia prior to
the launch of the Ghana TVET Voucher Project in Koforidua in the Eastern
The Ghana TVET Project is under the Ghanaian-German
Financial Development Cooperation and co-financed by the German Federal
Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMW) through KfW Development
Bank and the Government of Ghana.
The five-year development project is part of TVET
reforms to train about 16,000 master craftsmen, apprentices and their workers
in several artisanal trade.
The project with an estimated value of €22m has, since
its inception in September 2017, trained over 5,000 people in eligible trade
areas such as beauty and cosmetic (cosmetology), consumer electronics,
automotive repair, building construction (welding) and garment/tailoring/dressmaking.
It has also added plumbing, furniture making, electric
installation, block laying and tiling and catering and hospitality to the