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Ghana: TVET education boosted with the inauguration of a $131 million headquarters

The Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, on Tuesday inaugurated the TVET Service Headquarters and the Institute of Applied Technology in Accra.

The $131 million projects include classroom blocks, ICT centers, administrative blocks, workshops, male and female dormitories and workshop equipment.

The vice president also handed over 37 buses, 21 double-cab pickups, two tractors, three Toyota Fortuners and one Toyota V8 Landcruiser, and 26 computers to the service.

Speaking at the commissioning and handover ceremony at the TVET headquarters, Vice President Bawumia said the facilities represent the biggest investment in TVET education in the country’s history , adding that the facilities and vehicles have been a huge relief to all TVET stakeholders.

“The overall expenditure for this project is USD 131,657,198 and it is one of the largest investments in the TVET landscape in Ghana,” Dr Bawumia said.

“The completion of this project has brought a sigh of relief to the management of Ghana TVET Service, beneficiary institutions, students and the general public.”

The facilities add to the massive investments the government has made in promoting TVET education over the past five years, including the construction of the first phase of 32 state-of-the-art TVET centers across the 16 regions. from the country.

Dr. Bawumia noted that “at the start of this administration in 2017, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo had a vision to align all TVET institutions in the country, to provide an appropriate governance and management structure for a unified national TVET system”.

Following this vision, Dr Bawumia said, the government has realigned the TVET landscape to ensure program coordination, training of trainers/facilitators, industry linkages, entry requirements, training, mode of delivery, assessment, certification system and employability of graduates, synchronizing all existing laws relating to skills training in the country.

“In pursuit of this lofty goal, I, on behalf of the President, launched the Ghana TVET Service last year at a colorful event at the Technical Training Center in Accra. I am proud to see the many notable successes achieved by the Ghana TVET leadership Service, which we are here to witness today,” the Vice President said.

Reiterating the government’s commitment to invest more in TVET education, Dr. Bawumia added that TVET is important for the government’s industrialization campaign and its efforts to reduce rising youth unemployment.

“The government of President Akufo-Addo has embarked on this increasingly steady path of placing technical and vocational education at the forefront of our educational strata, because the provision of technical and vocational education and training is the panacea to combat rising unemployment among Ghana’s burgeoning youth.”

“It is in this context that we must have a balanced demand and supply of skills in our education system, especially in our part of the globe. To give credit to our commitment, the government has signed a contract with Planet One Group – for the upgrading and modernization of the vocational education system in Ghana.

“Several other initiatives have been taken by the government to give more prominence and impetus to the TVET education system in Ghana, including the establishment of a TVET Commission.”

“Overall, these efforts and initiatives have yielded remarkable results unprecedented in the history of this country,” he said.

Dr. Bawumia cited other interventions the government has made in the TVET sector over the past six years, such as upgrading and modernizing all 34 former National Vocational and Technical Institutes (NVTIs), the upgrade and modernization of head offices as well as 10 regional offices, the upgrade and modernization of 5 apprenticeship offices across the country.

It also includes the upgrading and modernization of the Opportunity Industrialization Center in Accra, including the construction, rehabilitation and equipping of laboratories, workshops, additional classrooms, hostels, administrative blocks, of two (2) new foundries and machining centers – one at CSIR (Accra) and the other at KNUST, Kumasi.