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February 29, 2020 2315

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has cut the sod for the commencement of work on the upgrading and modernisation of the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) system at the CSIR – Institute of Industrial Research in Accra.


During his speech, he expressed discontent about the low capacity in skills development in Ghana's educational system. This low capacity has stifled the development of the country’s modern self-reliant economy. He reiterated government’s commitment to investing heavily in technical education for the country to benefit immensely.

“We shall be able to transform Ghana’s economy and reduce unemployment when we pay attention to technical and vocational training,” he said. “That is where the skills needed for the growth of the modern economy can be developed.” He added.

President Akufo-Addo disclosed that the project which valued at US$131,657,198 is in three components.

He indicated that the first component of the project comprises refurbishing the existing 34 NVTI centres; and construction of a new Head office, 10 regional offices and five apprenticeship offices. It also includes the procurement of equipment for 26 trades and ICT equipment for all 34 NVTI centres; competency based training to cover 700 trainers across 34 NVTIs; course curriculum alignment and content development for the 26 trades; project management; resources and manpower; a 33-seater bus for each of the 34 NVTIs and 4x4 Pickups for the head office and regional offices.

He also stated that the competency-based training would cover 700 trainees across the first component.

The second component of the project comprises of the setting up of two new training centres for foundry and machining workshops, with one situated at the CSIR – Institute of Industrial Research in Accra, and the other at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi.

The President revealed building and developing infrastructure for the two new vocational training centres; procurement of equipment, including training equipment for Foundry and ICT equipment; competency-based training for the trainees in these centres; course curriculum alignment and content development are what component 2 entails.

The third and final component of this project, President Akufo-Addo indicated will focus on the upgrading of existing Opportunities in Industrialization Centres in the Greater Accra Region.

“Government believes that this integrated approach will improve the quality of our TVET system across the entire educational system, and result in the empowering of our youth. We must work hard in ensuring that our youth do not see technical and vocational education as a last option, when considering their future,” he emphasized.

Source: Corporate Affairs Division, CSIR, Head Office

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