The Design and Technology Institute (DTI) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Kumasi Technical University (KsTU) to boost Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in the country.
The MoU is to implement the Precision Quality (PQ) curriculum which aims at ensuring TVET students gain relevant industry skills and adhere to global industry standards. The curriculum consists of five modules namely, Change to Grow, Process Integration, People and Team Development, Health and Safety in the Workplace and Managing Quality and Customer Relations.
It forms part of DTI’s collaborative strategy to work with stakeholders to enable three (3) million young people, particularly women to access dignified and fulfilling work opportunities by 2030.
The project is being held under the ‘Transforming Youth TVET Livelihood for Sustainable Jobs’ which is in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation’s ‘Young Africa Work (YAW) strategy’.
Under the three-year project, the Foundation seeks to create 40,000 direct and indirect work opportunities for the youth, especially young women, through TVET in Ghana.
DTI is expected to train 1,000 youth in Precision Fabrication and work readiness, and improve the work skills and practices of 5,000 master craft persons, and 1,000 SMEs through the PQ programme.
In all, about 5,000 students and 100 instructors in selected TVET universities are also expected to benefit from the project.
In fulfilling its commitment to the YAW partnership, DTI has unveiled Kumasi Technical University as the next model and demonstration centre to roll out the PQ curriculum.
The PQ curriculum was developed by industry players and certified by the Commission for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (CTVET) to ensure it addresses the skills gap needed in the industry.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Founder of DTI, Constance Elizabeth Swaniker, in her remarks noted that PrecisionQuality is the only guarantee to train learners who will be ready for the future world of work.
“PrecisionQuality acknowledges that the creation of wealth through the production of goods and services that are world-class starts from attitudes, mindsets and work ethics that are deliberately imparted, consistently delivered and regularly measured for evaluation and improvement
The signing of the MoU and handing over of the curriculum to the University is a major step that will help train learners who will develop innovative solutions to leapfrog the country into the fourth industrial revolution currently taking place around the world,” she said.
She reiterated that the role of DTI as a private sector institution is to provide the needed support to public institution such as KsTU to train the next generation of labour who meet the needs of the market and urged the university to ensure a seamless integration of the PQ curriculum into their academic calendar.