|COTVET Provides Equipment To Support National Apprenticeship Programme|
|Wednesday, 12 September 2012 09:29|
Tools and equipment worth GH¢10 million were, yesterday, presented to the ten Regional Ministers for distribution to selected districts under the National Apprenticeship Programme (NAP).
The tools and equipment include sewing machines, dryers, desktop computers and printers, welding transformers, welding helmets, leather gloves, aprons, chipping hammers, bricklayers trowel kit, head pans, shovels, spades, tape measures and sledge hammers, among others.
These working gears fall under various trade areas such as garments, cosmetology, ICT, welding and fabrication, carpentry and joinery, and block laying and concreting.
Last year, five thousand Ghanaian youth benefitted from the programme and were trained in garment making, cosmetology, electronics, auto mechanics and welding and fabrication.
This year, with financing from the GETfund, the programme has been expanded to benefit eight thousand youth from across the country while four other trade areas such as ICT, Building and Construction, Carpentry and Joinery, and Block laying and Concreting have been added.
In an address delivered on his behalf at the presentation ceremony, President John Dramani Mahama charged the Regional Ministers to ensure that the tools were put to proper use for the benefit of the entire society.
President Mahama noted that providing high quality qualifications which were standardised and comparable across the country would promote social mobility by enabling citizens to improve their economic situations through training and work; improve labour mobility across the country by allowing workers to respond to changes in the economy; and provide a basis for establishing international confidence in Ghanaian qualifications.
He, therefore, reiterated government’s commitment to placing a bigger premium on technical and vocational education and training.
President Mahama said the enactment of Act 718 and the subsequent establishment of the Council for Technical and Vocational Training (COTVET) attested to that commitment.
He announced that all technical and vocational institutions would now be required to be accredited by COTVET and to comply with its regulations and standards to ensure that learners in the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) sector were properly trained and equipped to meet the demands of a modern society.
President Mahama commended COTVET for the role they were playing in building capacity in technical and vocational education and training.
In his remarks on behalf of the Regional Ministers, Hon Kwadwo Nyamekye-Marfo, Brong Ahafo Regional Minister, appealed for the provision of seed capital to capacitate the trainees financially.
Hon. Nyamekye-Marfo expressed the hope that the NAP would be extended to cover more districts.
The NAP is a scheme which seeks to impart skills to the youth, particularly Junior High School graduates, who for one reason or the other, could not gain access to Senior High School.
It is one of the initiatives designed by government to ensure that no Ghanaian youth is left behind in the quest to achieve a more developed society.
For its part, COTVET is mandated by law to co-ordinate and oversee all aspects of technical and vocational education and training in Ghana.
Source: ISD (G.D. Zaney)