Deputy Minister for Education in charge of Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET), Gifty Ampofo Twum, is urging Ghanaians, especially those in the informal sector to take advantage of the Ghana TVET Voucher Project to learn a skill or vocation.
Those already with a skill or voaction, should upgrade their skills to the international standards to enable them penetrate through the global labour market.
Launching the Ghana TVET Voucher Project in Koforidua in the Eastern Region, Friday,May 10th, 2019, Hon. Twum Ampofo who is also the MP for Abuakwa North, said trends in the global labour market indicate that persons with skills or vocation are on high demand.
Therefore, it was important for the citizenry to position themselves properly and make good use of the Ghana TVET Voucher Project by learning and upgrading their skills to the international standards to enable them have their share of the global labour market.
The Ghana TVET Voucher Project, she explained is an intervention by the Government of Ghana under the leadership of the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akuf-Addo, and the German Government to train 16,000 master craftsmen, apprentices and their workers in several artisanal trade in the country.
On his part, the Executive Director of the Council for Technical Vocational Education and Training (COTVET), Dr. Fred Kyei Asamoah, said it is the vision of the President of the Republic Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, to achieve the Ghana Beyond Aid Agenda, therefore, TVET as the component of that agenda, remains high among the priority lists of the President.
According to him, as of March 2019, 5,000 people have benefited from the Ghana TVET Voucher Project with 454 out of the number completing fully the MP1 level.
He said skills is a major component of the Ghana Beyond Aid Agenda and therefore the country will continue to sustain the progress with the implementation of the Ghana TVET Voucher Project by learning from Malaysia which now export equipment and or machinery to Germany.