Ghana’s Parliamentary Select Committee on Education has turned its attention on Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) in the country since the sector has got the potential to bridge the technical skills gap and to minimize the yawning unemployment rate in the country.
The Committee has been touring some of the Technical and Vocational Education Training Institutions in the country in order to have first-hand knowledge of the goings-on in that sector. The move by the Committee is part of their oversight responsibility for the activities of the Executive.
In the Ashanti Region, the Parliamentary Select Committee on Education inspected TVET projects at the Akenten Appiah-Menka University of Skills Training and Entrepreneurial Development ( AAMUSTED), Kumasi Technical Institute (KTI) and Kumasi Technical University (KTU).
The Vice-Chancellor of AAMUSTED, Professor Fred Kweku Sarfo, Vice-Chancellor of Kumasi Technical University, Professor Nana Osei Wusu Achaw and the management of Kumasi Technical Institute expressed their appreciation to the Government and the Ag. Director-General of CTVET, Dr. Fred Asamoah for the relentless efforts they are making to make Technical and Vocational Institutions more attractive for the training of more technical people for the job market.
The Kumasi Vocational Training Institute (KVTI) and Oyska Technical Institute are part of the Technical institutions benefitting from the Ghana Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Voucher Project.
The TVET Voucher Project which is co-financed by the German government is a project that allows the Ghana government to pay the Training institutions to teach the learners and upgrade their skills.
The Manager of the Kumasi Vocational Training Institute (KVTI), Richard Addo Gyamfi disclosed that programs such as Automobile, Welding and Fabrication are benefitting immensely from the TVET Voucher Project.
The Acting Principal of Oyska Technical Institute also indicated that their program Cosmetology is also benefitting from the TVET Voucher Project.