The Professional Cosmetologists and Beauticians Association of Ghana (PCABAG) has indicated its strong support to government interventions that seeks to better the lots of professionals in the country’s vocational sector.
National President of PCABAG, King David Thompson, speaking at the re-launch of the association in Accra, said: “The Education Ministry has announced plans to invest significantly to upgrade the status of vocational education in the country.
We [professional cosmetologists] have a critical role to play in this regard because our industry represents a key component of vocational training in the country and together we can work to help the government achieve its dream of making vocational education and profession in Ghana a better one.”
Mr. Thompson, however, implored government to desist from paying lip service to the cause of the vocational industry citing the neglect of such a significant business area by successive governments over the years.
“Despite the important contributions professionals like cosmetologists and beauty therapists can make to the socio-economic development of any nation, successive governments have done little to support quality skill delivery in the sector.
As a nation, we make a lot of noise about TVET as a national priority but do very little, or even nothing to practicalise it…as we speak, grants and subventions to TVET schools are in arrears of almost three quarters while schools are continuously being starved of qualified facilitators and learning materials,” he noted.
The PCABAG boss also lamented regulatory failures that has created the situation whereby salons are springing up at every corner of the country without the needed checks on the practitioners.
He added: “It is sad that in this country, we allow salons just anywhere without the required health and safety standards being checked.”
To meet the varied and changing preferences of customers, Mr. Thompson said the association has helped its members to acquire professional licenses through periodic trainings in standard practice as well as safety and health measures.
He encouraged members of PCABAG to put in their best to push the growth of the industry and to contribute immensely to the socio-economic development of the country.
Background of PCABAG
More than two decades ago, a group of graduate cosmetologists mostly Ghanaians came up with the idea of forming a union to protect their interest as professionals.
The aim was also to establish a united front for promoting excellence backed by practical and/or professional knowledge in delivering cosmetology services in Ghana and beyond , with the view to making the profession more attractive to graduates from the nation’s institutions of higher learning.
Since the formation of our union, the association has chalked a number of successes as it strives to improve the wellbeing of members.
PCABAG became the first association to sit for the highest level in National Examination (NCC & Certificate II) and also pushed for facilitator programmes with COTVET which has enabled some of its members to gain employment with some prestigious institutes in the country.