Stakeholders in the TVET sector in the Ashanti, Bono and Eastern regions have been schooled about the contents of the National Apprenticeship Policy and the upcoming National Apprenticeship Programme under the Ghana Jobs and Skills Project.
The Head of Corporate Affairs for the Commission for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (CTVET), Mr Albert Opare, speaking at the function, said the event which would be extended to all regions across the country soon was to give them an insight of the policy as well as to create awareness about the Ghana Jobs and Skills Apprenticeship Programme which will be launched soon.
Mr Albert Opare was speaking at separate functions in Kumasi, Sunyani and Koforidua between Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
The event brought together players in the TVET sector in the region, participants from the university as well as some master craft persons and their apprentices.
He indicated that the policy was in line with the many interventions of the Government to promote skills development and to improve the productivity and competitiveness of Ghana’s skilled workforce for economic transformation.
The Head of Corporate Affairs stated that the implementation of the policy will contribute to the creation of opportunities for increased female participation in skills development and entrepreneurship and also prepare the youth for gainful employment.
“ It is part of the transformation agenda of the government to ensure that the youth have alternative pathways to education, skills training and apprenticeship has been adopted as one avenue for skills development”. He said.
Mr Opare stated that there was the need therefore to ensure that apprenticeship becomes demand-driven, standardized, quality assured, coordinated and regulated as it has become one of the key priorities of the Ministry of Education and CTVET.
He was upbeat that, given the needed support and acceptance, the TVET sector stood the chance of turning the nation’s economy around within the shortest possible time.