The Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (COTVET), in collaboration with the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI) as well as other relevant bodies, is working out modalities to set up permanent economic sector bodies to replace the current Industry Training Advisory Committee (ITAC) and sub-ITACs.
The move, according to Executive Director of COTVET, Dr. Fred Asamoah, is aimed at generating the relevant standards for training of learners (mid-level manpower) to meet industrial human resource demands.
Besides, COTVET is also conducting a skills-gap analysis to help identify all the relevant skills that will be needed in future by industries and support job-creation. It will also help to reduce the current supply-driven approach wherein trainers produce personnel without recourse to the skills that are in demand on the labour market, he added.
He said COTVET is also establishing Ghana’s Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) system to improve the productivity and competiveness of skilled workforces and raise the income-generating capacities of people – especially women and low-income groups through the provision of quality-oriented, industry-focused and competency-based training programmes and complementary services.
Dr. Asamoah made these remarks at the second session of the sixth edition of the Master Training Programme for Cashew Value Chain Promotion in Africa held at Sunyani. The programme provided a platform for 86 cashew experts from eight African countries to share knowledge and discuss best practices, as well as build national and regional networks for future collaboration among others.
To further strengthen national policies for skills development across the broad spectrum of formal, informal, non-formal, tertiary, pre-tertiary, private and public sector TVET, the COTVET boss, alluded to two major policies that have been developed and are in operation – the National TVET Qualifications Framework (NTVETQF) and Competency Based Training (CBT).
“Very soon CBT will reach its full implementation in all the TVET institutions of Ghana, and all awarding bodies will also issue only CBT qualifications on the NTVETQF for TVET learners. As part of efforts to operationise the CBT and NTVETQF, all TVET institutions, TVET facilitators, assessors and verifiers are supposed to be registered and accredited by the COTVET,” he indicated.
Another national strategic revolution, he noted, is the re-alignment of about 19 ministries that were operating different forms of TVET under the Ministry of Education. “Through a Cabinet decision, efforts are being finalised to have a legally-backed institution that will be called the Ghana TVET Service for all these realigned institutions.”