First Lady appointed Principal TVET Ambassador

Ghana’s First Lady, Rebecca Akufo-Addo has been appointed as the Principal Ambassador of the Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) with the responsibility of promoting the preference of TVET among Ghanaian youth.

She is expected to hold various activities within various platforms to change the negative perception about TVET and to help increase enrolment in Technical and Vocational Institutions.

With the help of other TVET ambassadors, they will be expected to inspire world-class excellence in skills development and introduce the youth to a variety of skilled careers.

Rebecca Akufo-Addo indicated that TVET has served as a conduit for many to unearth and develop their God-given skills, which they subsequently applied, to make a living so Ghana must ensure an effective its development.

“Ghana must take conscious steps to make Ghana a center of excellence in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in West Africa and a competitive global player within the TVET ecosystem,” she said.

According to her, “my TVET campaign has come at the right time when the government is embarking on a drive to industrialize Ghana through the one district, one factory initiative.”

She rallied for massive support for the sector adding that “the challenges confronting the TVET sector are so huge that the government alone cannot possibly tackle them all and as such we must all join forces to ensure that TVET becomes the first choice for the Ghanaian youth.”

Composition of TVET ambassadors

The First Lady would be supported in her ambassadorial work by Ghanaian media personalities, Kwame Sefa Kayi, a broadcast journalist, and Belinda Addardey, popularly known as Berla Mundi.

Other personalities include Kwame Nsiah-Apau popularly known as Okyeame Kwame, a musician, songwriter, creative director and entrepreneur, Martha Ankoma, a film actress, Ms Rebecca Donkor, Founder and Chief Executive O of Makeup Ghana, and Mr Daniel McKorley, a Ghanaian business magnate and founder and Chief Executive Officer of McDan Group of Companies.

Source: GhanaWeb

Govt cuts sod for construction of new TVET Workshop Centre at Kukurantumi

Government has cut the sod for the construction of a new Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Workshop Centre at the St. Paul’s Technical High School at Akyem-Kukurantumi in the East Akim District of the Eastern Region

At the groundbreaking ceremony, the Deputy Minister for Education in- charge TVET, Hon. Gifty Twum-Ampofo, hinted that the Akufo-Addo led government will also begin the construction of new TVET Workshop Centres across the 6 new regions in the country.

Ms. Twum Ampofo who is also the Member of Parliament (MP) for the Abuakwa North Constituency said the contractor, Avic International, a Chinese firm, is tasked to complete and handover the fully furnished Workshop Centre in a spate of 18 months.

She explained that the project was scheduled to start in June this year but delayed due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

She noted that with the six new regions set to get befitting TVET centres, the other three will take place in the Eastern and Central to complement Phase One, adding that, Technical and Vocational Education and Training is the priority of the government of Nana Akufo-Addo.

Mrs Gifty Twum speaking further pointed out that the government has invested much in TVET which is about $1billion.

The Deputy Education Minister disclosed that her sector has funded for 32 states of the art TVET centres which can be compared to that of Japan, Singapore and other top countries.

Source: GhanaWeb

Allow BECE candidates to pick courses in TVET – COTVET Executive Director advocates

The Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (COTVET), is advising parents to allow their wards to take interest in and select courses in Technical, Vocational Education and Training (TVET), as students begin the BECE Monday, September 14.

The Council believes that technical and vocational training is as essential as education in other fields of study such as the General Arts and the Sciences.

Dr. Fred Kyei Asamoah, Executive Director for COTVET, told Captain Smart on Angel FM’s ‘Anopa Bofo?‘ morning show that, “as our children begin the BECE today, my advice to parents is not to force their wards to go to Prempeh College, Presec, Achimota and the rest. If the child has an interest in technical or vocational education, they should permit them to further in that field”.

According to Dr. Asamoah, previously, most people opted to be apprentices in various technical and vocational fields because they couldn’t afford the cost involved in going for formal education in TVET.

He, however, urged parents’ support towards children who choose to study and develop careers via technical and vocational education (TVET), since the government has now absorbed it fully under the free SHS policy and has become integral to Ghana’s economic growth and national development.

According to COTVET boss, “we need to uplift TVET to the highest standards if we wish to nip the cycle of unemployment into the bud. A cursory look around shows that we import technicians and experts from abroad to assist our country to achieve all the major nation-building works that require sophisticated skills including road construction.”

The COTVET director asserted that countries such as Germany and Switzerland owe their development to a strong foundation in TVET thus, the need for Ghana to equip the youth and the working class with technical and vocational skills.

While lamenting that TVET hasn’t gained much publicity though it is part of the free education policy, Dr. Fred Kyei Asamoah called for rebranding and reselling of technical education to students.

He further noted that the government’s policy of Ghana Beyond Aid cannot be achieved without a strong foundation in TVET.

Source: GhanaWeb

WORKFORCE RECOVERY PROGRAMME

Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (COTVET) in collaboration with the Ghana Library Authority is providing 5,000 full online scholarships for Ghanaians to enrol on the Coursera Online Learning Platform with support from Commonwealth of Learning.

Interested applicants should apply on:

www.library.gov.gh/read2skill

PRESS RELEASE – COTVET ENGAGES GHANAIAN CELEBRITIES AND ENTREPRENEURS TO PROMOTE TVET

As part of efforts to promote Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in Ghana and to make it more attractive to the Ghanaian youth and the general public, the Ministry of Education (MOE) through the Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (COTVET) has engaged a number of Ghanaian celebrities and entrepreneurs as TVET Ambassadors who will use their influence in society to help promote TVET and make it more attractive to the youth.
The Ambassadors who have so far been engaged include;

  1. Kwami Sefa Kayi – Media personality
  2. Okyeame Kwame (Kwame Nsiah-Apau) – Musician and Entrepreneur
  3. Martha Ankomah – Actress and Entrepreneur
  4. Rebecca Donkor – Entrepreneur
  5. Berla Mundi – Media personality
  6. Dr. Daniel McKorley – Entrepreneur

In June 2019, the Ministry of Education through COTVET launched the MyTVET campaign which is aimed at changing negative perceptions about TVET in Ghana. One of the key activities of the campaign is the TVET Ambassador campaign which would complement efforts such as the Skills Competition, Radio and TV advertisements, TVET clubs in Junior High Schools, TVET Career Guidance and Counselling, Roadshows among others.
The Ambassadors will be engaged in activities such as school visitations, social media campaigns, community visitations and radio and television talk shows. They would also be engaged in creating awareness about policies and programs being rolled out by COTVET and the Ministry of Education with regards to TVET.

The Ambassadors were officially introduced to the Minister for Education Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh (MP) and his deputy in charge of TVET, Hon. Gifty Twum-Ampofo. The Minister whilst addressing the ambassadors indicated that he is pleased with the calibre of personalities who have been engaged to lead the campaign of changing negative perceptions about TVET in Ghana and charged the Ambassadors to work tireless to ensure that most of the youth opt for TVET because to him TVET is equal if not superior to general education.

The team of Ambassadors will be officially introduced to the First Lady of the Republic of Ghana who has also accepted to be the Principal TVET Ambassador in the coming weeks before the official launch of the TVET Ambassador and Role Model campaign.

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CORPORATE AFFAIRS UNIT

COTVET GOES PAPERLESS.

The Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training is set to launch an online system for registration and accreditation of Training Providers, Trade Associations, Professional Bodies, Verifiers, Assessors, the council believes taking its registration and accreditation processes online will provide efficient, fast and better service to users.

The Council forecasts that users may encounter a few hitches transitioning from paper-based process to a more sophisticated paperless system. We are putting things in place to ensure that users have a very smooth ride while using the system.

All enquiries can be sent to info@cotvet.gov.gh.



CBT orientation workshop

A two-day orientation workshop on CBT rolled out on the 6th of September, 2019 for registration and accreditation of training providers at the pre-tertiary level in NVTI and OICG Schools.

Present were the Deputy Minister for Education in charge of TVET, Hon. Gifty Twum Ampofo; The Executive Director of COTVET, Dr. Fred Kyei Asamoah; and The Executive Director of NVTI, Mrs. Mawusi Nudekor Awity among others.

Inauguration of Sector Skills Bodies

The Minister for Education, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh (MP) today officially inaugurated Sector Skills Bodies for the Agriculture, Construction and Tourism and Hospitality sectors at a colorful event held at the Fiesta Royale Hotel.

Present at the inauguration were the German Ambassador to Ghana H.E. Christoph Retzlaff; the Deputy Minister for Education (TVET), Hon. Gifty Twum Ampofo; the Deputy Minister for Roads and Highways, Hon. Anthony Abayifa Karbo; and the Executive Director of COTVET, Dr. Fred Kyei Asamoah.

The event was also attended by members of the diplomatic corps as well as representatives from the European Union, The Swiss Embassy, GIZ, SECO, and the German Embassy.

as part of the government’s overall strategy to change the face of TVET in Ghana, a five-year strategic plan was developed and a key component of that strategic plan is the establishment of sector skills bodies in 22 economic sectors in the country. Pursuant to this objective, COTVET is collaborating with the International Labour Organization (ILO) and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH to pilot the establishment and operationalization of Sector Skills Bodies (SSBs) in three out of 22 economic sectors namely Agriculture, Construction and Tourism & Hospitality.
The main objective of setting up these bodies is to make them a policy vehicle to address skills and employment needs and to replace the existing system where the Technical Standing Committees which are ad hoc in nature meet to advise on occupational standards and other matters with regards to training learners for the world of work. The current Technical Standing Committees and various sub-committees are constrained because, by their nature, employers have little leverage to ensure that the content of qualifications reflects their needs.