Mr. Stephen Amponsah, Executive Director of the National Vocational Training Institute who made the call, observed that a rebranding of the TVET would make it more attractive for investment and responsive to the modern skills training needs of the youth.
As the bedrock for the formation of Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs), he believes that a redevelopment of the TVET would ensure that it is properly used as a platform for job creation, which would help to effectively address the increasing youth unemployment in the country.
“The country should strongly consider rebranding TVET to improve its acceptability by the citizenry, and the government should lead the way,” he said.
Mr. Amponsah was speaking at the Comfort Ntiamoah-Mensah Memorial Forum on Vocational Training for Females (VTF) at Osu in Accra.
The forum, which was also used to launch the Comfort Ntiamoah-Mensah Foundation, had the theme, “Building a solid foundation for technical and vocational education training Ghana- a situational analysis.”
The VTF programme was established by the Presbyterian Church of Ghana and its partner, the Bread for the World/ Protestant Development Service, Germany, to respond to the church’s socio-economic objectives of transforming lives of the people.
Mr. Amponsah described the current relationship between industry and TVET as “casual” , and called on the government to spearhead the strengthening of that link so as to make TVET more relevant to national development.
In addition, he called for the creation of a fund by the industries in funding TVET, adding that industries needed to open their doors to TVET institutions for curriculum, enrichment and practical training purposes.
Mr. Amponsah who was speaking on the topic, “Policy and practice: experience and challenges of TVET delivery in Ghana,” said the unequal distribution and inadequate resources on TVET required urgent redress.
According to him, it appeared that TVET resources are channelled to the Ministry of Education for all its educational institutions, but other institutions receive more than TVET institutions.
Mr. Amponsah said a system should be fashioned to bring about parity in the distribution of resources.
On research, Mr. Amponsah said the country needed to encourage research in skills training to provide adequate data on modern trends on TVET and market demands.
“Let’s create a TVET research institution that will also inform training providers with the kind of skills required as the old ones give way,” he stressed.