Deputy Minister of Education Gifty Twum Ampofo congratulates executives after inauguration
The Ministry of Education, as part of the government’s five-year strategic plan to transform Technical, Vocational Education and Training (TVET), inaugurated the Sector Skills Bodies at a ceremony in Accra.
The aim is to establish strong links between industry and academia in the TVET space.
Sector Skills Bodies (SSBs) aim to increase and strengthen industry involvement in the way skills systems are governed and operated.
These included; understand the future skills needs of a sector and ensure that learners are trained in the right skills for the future; advancing innovative skills solutions to address labor market developments, such as automation and globalisation; increasing the amount of employer investment in training and skills development; tackling youth unemployment and reducing dependence on migrant labour; support and promote government and industry skills initiatives and; promote skills development among employers and workers in a sector.
The government has undertaken to create twenty-two (22) sectoral skills bodies. Eleven of them have already been inaugurated.
The 22-member Council of Sector Competence Bodies, chaired by Dr Grace Amey-Obeng, is responsible for leading the regulation of the beauty and wellness sector.
These Sector Skills Bodies (SSBs) are groups of related sector industries with the common goal of participating in the governance of skills training and workforce development to improve productivity, competitiveness and sustainable employment.
In a speech delivered on behalf of the Minister of Education, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, the Deputy Minister, Gifty Twum Ampofo said that the involvement of industry as an integral part of the skills development mechanism can improve the quality and success of TVET implementation at all levels.
She said that to ensure maximum success of the program, the ministry considers it crucial to forge mutually beneficial partnerships with the private sector such as apprenticeships, dual TVET, on-the-job experiential learning of work (WEL) and employment.
The Minister explained that a functional technical, vocational, education and training/skills development system will improve the productivity and competitiveness of the skilled labor force and increase the income-generating capacities of low-income groups. , especially women, through the provision of quality-oriented services, industry-oriented and skills-based training programs as well as the provision of other complementary services.
For his part, the Director General of the Commission for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (CTVET), Fred Kyei Asamoah, said that industry is an integral part of technical, vocational education and training ( TVET) since its beginnings where the master- artisans transmitted their skills and knowledge to the apprentices.
He noted that TVET provides people with the skills needed to prepare them for the complexities of the global labor market.
“As CTVET is an organization that regulates, promotes and administers technical and vocational education and training for sustainable development in the country, under the auspices of the Ministry of Education, it is committed to taking important steps to ensure that the TVET system is able to support and respond to the diverse talents of Ghanaians.
We are improving access and equity so that vulnerable and disadvantaged people can have a fair chance to succeed,” Mr. Asamoah said.
He added that TVET should be attractive and change the perceptions of parents and students regarding the value of TVET and learning to give young people the chance to shape their own future.
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