AAMUSTED to train 1,450 TVET teachers

A total of 1,450 people are to be trained by the Akenten Appiah-Menka University of Skills Training and Entrepreneurial Development (AAMUSTED) to enhance the teaching and learning of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET), to support government’s agenda of job creation and economic development of the country. 

This will among others,  train 150 teachers of TVET Colleges of Education in Diploma in Education, 100 Competency-Based Training (CBT) curriculum developers from industry, 400 CBT facilitators, assessors and internal verifiers from technical institutes and technical universities, 500 master craft persons in workplace facilitation, and 50 disability and gender inclusiveness participants from technical institutes and technical universities. 

The development falls under the phase four of the Ghana Skills Development Initiative (GSDI IV), being supported by the Technical Co-operation of the German government (GIZ), in collaboration with the Commission for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (CTVET) and TVET service.

To this end, an agreement for a grant of 609,000 Euros has been signed between AAMUSTED, GIZ and GSDI IV.

At the signing of the grant agreement at AAMUSTED on Thursday, Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Frederick K.Sarfo, was confident that through the collaboration, “teaching and learning of TVET would be enhanced and appreciated by both teachers and students in the Colleges of Education and other sectors as they go through the CBT methodology.”

That, he said, would promote the production of well-trained and resourceful graduates and facilitators who can train others to start their own businesses and employ people to support the government’s industrialisation and YouStartagenda.

CBT is a framework for teaching and assessment of learning that helps learners to acquire employable skills to work in the labour market.

It is also a type of pedagogy that is based on predetermined competencies or standards required in the works of work.

Prof. Sarfo gave the assurance that the University had the capacity and capability to contribute its quota towards the successful implementation of the project.

He noted that the provision and delivery of quality and relevant TVET and entrepreneurship education at all levels, depended on quality, effective and holistic training of TVET and Entrepreneurial teachers.

To carry out the University’s mandate, he said,”we are very much conscious of forging strong linkages with stakeholders such as industries, communities and more importantly with organisations such as GIZ”.

He mentioned that the University had trained thousands of TVET teachers, some of whom were currently teaching and occupying administrative positions within the TVET institutions in the country.

Dr Fred Kyei Asamoah, Director General, CTVET, mentioned government’s commitment in improving TVET landscape, stressing “the regulation of the sector will continue to be enhanced and enforced to create more jobs in the country.”

He was full of praise for the German government’s interest in the TVET project, saying “the government of Germany has been very supportive as far as TVET is concerned, and we are most grateful.”

Ms Leah Lambrecht, Head of TVET Unit, GIZ, said the German government was committed to support TVET, to play its key role in the socio-economic development of the country. 

FROM KINGSLEY E.HOPE, KUMASI

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