Construction sector advocates tax incentives for apprenticeship training

Mr. Amegayibor speaking to the media

Mr. Amegayibor speaking to the media

Tax incentives should be given to companies in the construction sector to enable  them enroll more technical students for apprenticeship training, Secretary to the Executive Council of the Ghana Real Estate Developers Association, Sammy Amegayibor has said.

That, he said, would address skills shortage in the construction sector and the growing unemployment situation in the country.

Mr Amegayibor, who is also the Managing Director of Home Direct, a real-estate company, said this at the third Association of Ghana Industries Construction Sector Infrastructure and Construction Practice Seminar series in Accra yesterday.

The programme which was centered on mentorship and certification was on the topic, ‘Improving construction skills and quality assurance: The role of mentorship and certification.’

Mr Amegayibor told the Times Business that construction companies saw apprenticeship training and mentorship as burden and cost to their business.

He averred that if construction companies were given some tax rebates, they would be motivated to enroll more students for attachment and train them for the job market.

The Secretary of the Executive Council of GREDA stressed the need for the country to focus on quality in the construction industry, stressing that the capacities of mentees should be strengthened to provide proper mentoring to the youth.

The Head of Monitoring and Evaluation/Coordinator, National Anti-Corruption Action Plan of the National Vocational Training Institute, Engineer Christian Agordah said employers should focus on practical assessment of the youth they take on practical attachment.

He also said employees should demand for Certificate in Apprenticeship Training for the people they employ.

That, he said would motivate the youth to take apprenticeship training and build on their competencies.

The Head of Monitoring and Evaluation lamented that most of the students who went on practical attachment were absorbed by employees and did not come back to complete their course.

The Project Director of the YIEDIE Project of the Global Communities, Mrs Vera Kafui Mills-Odoi said mentoring and certification were crucial to building the capacities of the youth and improves quality in the construction industry.

She said YIEDIE was pushing for National Apprenticeship Certificate (NAC) and validation workshop would be organised to validate the document on the NAC.

The AGI Construction Sector is being supported by the BUSAC Fund and its development partners – DANIDA, the EU and USAID.

By Kingsley Asare

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