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.