The Director-General of the Commission for TVET (CTVET), Dr. Fred Kyei Asamoah, has announced that the Akufo-Addo-led government will this year outdoor the next 5-year strategic plan for Technical and Vocational Education, and Training (TVET) transformation policy.
The policy transformation, which will kick off from 2023 to 2027, would be focusing on the digitalization of the sector, the licensing and professionalization of TVET graduates and other innovative strategies.
Disclosing this during a press briefing in Accra, Dr. Kyei Asamoah said the Commission is working on creating a sustainable TVET financing mechanism with the enhancement of the Ghana Skills Development Fund established by President Akufo-Addo’s government.
“Our biggest activity will be to oversee the implementation of the modified dual TVET. As part of the regulatory mandate of the Commission, monitoring mechanisms will also be institutionalized with tracer studies in the TVET institutions, especially in the Technical Universities,” he stated.
He said as part of the first five-year strategic plan for TVET (2018-2022), Government established the Ghana Skills Development Fund. According to him, the Fund has some $60 million seed fund under the Ghana Jobs and Skills Project.
He revealed that the first call for proposals led to 643 full proposal requests out of which 490 full proposals were submitted.
“To address the issues of a skills mismatch between training institutions and the industry, they have conducted a skills gap analysis and audit of 10 economic sectors. And these reports are available on the website of the Commission for TVET and can be accessed by all training institutions and the industry,” he announced.
He said the survey is even more critical in a time of accelerated technological development when industries globally keep on transforming. He therefore stressed that “TVET is at the centre of providing the skills needed for industries, employability, and enhancement of livelihoods”. He further noted that the government had invested massively in TVET over the last five years.
“The upgrading and modernization of all the erstwhile 34 National Vocational and Technical Institutes (NVTI’s), Head Office together with 10 Regional Offices, 5 apprenticeship offices across the country, and the Opportunity Industrialization Centre in Accra. The centre consists of the construction, rehabilitation, and equipping of laboratories, workshops, additional classrooms, hostels, administrative offices supported with some 123 million euros was completed and inaugurated in July 2022
“Also, two new foundries and machining centres, one in CSIR (Accra) and the other at KNUST, Kumasi were completed last year. Construction of five new District TVET centres of excellence is ongoing, with that of Anyinam and Pakyi No. 2 near completion, while that of Assin Jakai and Akomadan are at various stages of completion, among others,” he disclosed.
He urged all the TVET providers and institutions which are yet to be accredited by the Commission to comply with the law to contact the Commission for modalities on how they can be registered and get accredited.