In a bid to strengthen technical and vocational training as a tool for driving national development, the Ministry of Education, together with the Council for Technical and Vocational Training (COTVET), Ghana Skills Development Initiative(GSDI) and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), have organised the maiden National Skills Competition in Accra.
The competition, which takes place from November 6 to 9, 2018, is in line with COTVET and GSDI’s plans to participate in The World Skills Competition in Kigali between November 20 to November 24, 2018.
Speaking at the launch, Minister for Education, Dr. Matthew Opoku-Prempeh, underscored the importance of technical education, saying it is the backbone of the nation’s industrialisation.
“As part of government’s agenda, the development of skills is one of the major areas that government is paying attention to, and technical education is the backbone of industrialisation in Ghana.
“Several factors affect Ghana’s industrialization, and one significant factor that can contribute to Ghana Beyond Aid is development of a labour work force that will be beneficial to industry. Through COTVET, the nation is organising the first National Skills Competition to inspire world-class development in the youth, as well as introduce the youth to a variety of skill-required careers,” he said.
He added that government will make the skills competition an annual one, in order for the country to participate in the yearly World Skills Competition.
“The ministry through COTVET plans to make this an annual event so the country can participate in the World Skills Competition held annually,” he said.
Also speaking at the event, Deputy Minister for Education-Barbara Asher Ayisi, explained the competition’s importance.
“World Skills Competitions are organised by World Skills International, an international body that brings together young people, industry, government, education and institutions to promote the benefit of and the need for skilled trade professionals who are world champions of technical and vocational skills.
“It aims at demonstrating the advantages of learning a vocational skill and encouraging a parity of esteem between technical and vocational education and training, and general education qualifications,” she said.
She added that the nation through COTVET plans to join World Skills International as an associate member and later as a full member, and that competitions held by World Skills reflect standard specifications in line with global occupations or roles.
Prior to the launch, a zonal competition was held from September 18 to 21, 2018. Winners from the competition were taken from areas such as construction and building technology, fashion and creative arts, social and personal service, Information technology, transport and logistics as well as manufacturing and engineering technology.
Out of seventy-eight participants, the best six winners will represent Ghana in the World Skills Africa competition in Kigali later this month.