WELCOME ADDRESS BY THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF COTVET, DR. FRED KYEI ASAMOAH, AT THE TVET EXPO 2020 ON THURSDAY, 15TH OCTOBER 2020
H.E. The First Lady
Hon. Minister for Education
Hon. Deputy Minister of Education
Your Excellencies (Members of the Diplomatic Corps)
Hon. Deputy Ministers
Friends from the Media
Ladies and Gentlemen
I would like to first thank the First Lady of the Republic of Ghana, Her Excellency Mrs. Rebecca Akufo-Addo, for joining us this morning. And also the Hon. Minister of Education, in fact he had to postpone National Education Week; due to the importance he attaches to TVET. I would also like to thank everyone seated here for your presence at today’s function.
This, I believe, is an indication, we all recognise that technical and vocational education and training (TVET) is a sure way to empower citizens to contribute meaningfully to the sustainable development of our dear nation.
We cannot express how thrilled we are to have you here as we observe the first ever TVET Expo under the theme, “Building a robust TVET system to transform Ghana”. The objective of this expo is to:
- present the key reforms in the TVET sector and the major achievements;
- launch TVET Ambassadors and Role Models;
- launch the digitized registration and accreditation system of COTVET; and
- launch the 2021 Skills Competition
TVET provides the youth with relevant skills to prepare them for the complexities of the world of work. It also boosts the employability of adult workers through skills upgrade and reskilling. Yet, the fact remains that there is a general bias for academic learning and qualifications, which has contributed to a yawning skills gap.
As the organisation that co-ordinates and oversees all aspects of technical and vocational education and training in the country, COTVET – working on behalf the Ministry of Education – is committed to taking significant steps to ensure that we have a TVET system that is able to support and cater to the diverse strengths and talents of Ghanaians.
Ladies and Gentlemen, we cannot have welders and fabricators in this country and still import same from the Philippines to work on our rigs. Neither can we have tilers and still prefer foreign nationals tiling our buildings. Simply because there’s skills shortage or our skilled workers lack proper certification or they’re not up to industry standards.
THIS WE ARE CHANGING!
We’re building strong partnerships between our institutions and industry. We are redesigning curricula and assessment, to align better with the needs of industry and business, and also sanitizing the certification system. We’re improving access and equity so that the vulnerable and disadvantaged can have a fair shot at success. We’re making TVET attractive and changing perceptions, particularly amongst parents and students, of the value of TVET and apprenticeships; to give the youth the chance to shape their own future and go on to fulfilling professions.
I would like to specially acknowledge the Minister for Education, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, for His Leadership, Deputy Minister for Education in charge of TVET, Hon. Gifty Twum Ampofo, The Chair and Members of COTVET Board, Management and Staff of COTVET for their hard work.
In short, Government through the Ministry of Education is transforming the TVET sector to equip the people of Ghana with relevant skills, needed to participate in today’s global economy.
The initiatives that will be launched today are a manifestation of this commitment.
Let me also say thank you to our partners, The German Government through KfW and GIZ and our sponsors Planet One, Omega, Unijay, McDan Shipping, and Sleek Garments.
Once again, thank you so much for honouring our invitation. I must add that, we have a beautiful venue and all the equipment needed for a successful event. At the end of today’s programme.
And we are all looking great…
ALL THANKS TO SKILLED WORKERS.
Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to TVET EXPO 2020.