More than 500 carpenters from Anloga, in Kumasi, have benefited from a one-month training programme organised by the Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (COTVET).
With funding from the Skills Development Fund (SDF), the training, organised under the theme, ‘Capacity Building in Modern Techniques of Furniture Making and Entrepreneurship Development’, was to enhance the skills of the carpenters to produce quality products to meet the international standards.
Participants were taken through kiln drying and quality management, knock-down technology, modern trends of panel door/products making techniques as well as furniture glazing among others.
At the closing ceremony held at the weekend, the Director of the FCTC, Joseph Boakye, in a speech read on his behalf, expressed appreciation to COTVET for providing sponsorship for the training to improve the knowledge of the participants in furniture production.
“The knowledge and skills acquired through this training, will help dismiss the perception that made-in-Ghana goods cannot compete in international markets,” he stated
Mr. Boakye said the advantage of training more personnel in downstream processing of logs included waste reduction, value addition, creation of employment and saving the nation’s remnant forest resources from over-exploitation, and commended the government for establishing the centre to build the capacity of the wood-working personnel in downstream processing in the country.
The chairman of the Anloga Small Scale Carpenters Union, Yaw Logah, said they learnt the job the traditional way, we still do our products the same old ways and noted that there was a wide gap between the local and international market of the wood industry”.
Mr. Logah indicated that their products were of poor quality “when it comes in terms of competition on the markets of the industry, as our furniture joints are always, not the best, with no innovation ever made on the design of products”.
He said the union never believed that government, through COTVET and SDF could ever come to their aid to train them on modern techniques in furniture making and thanked government for the efforts.
Mr. Logha urged the carpenters to continuously practise what had been taught them to remain competitive in the wood making industry stressing, “we must be able to do good and quality furniture for consumers’ taste in terms of finishing and also look at the international market for our products”.
FROM KINGSLEY E. HOPE, KUMASI