A total of 1,476 teachers trained with the relevance competence for technical and vocational education training, have graduated from the AkentenAppiah-Menka University of Skills Training and Entrepreneurial Development (AAMUSTED).
The beneficiaries were selected from wide range of relevant Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions all over the country.
Additionally, 500 master crafts persons were trained to be workplace facilitators and supervisors and 400 Competence-Based Training (CBT) facilitators and assessors and internal verifiers from technical institutions and technical universities.
Dubbed a “special congregation,” the ceremony was made possible because of a €109,000.00 grant from the government of Germany that was advanced to the University for the training and related activities.
In an address, the Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof Frederick KwakuSarfo, could not hide his appreciation for the German government and other partners for the support to help build Ghana to reduce unemployment.
The Vice Chancellor was of the view that “if all of us will maximise the competences and expertise from these pieces of training…we shall be making a significant impact on Ghana’s socio-economic situation.”
He, therefore, encouraged the graduands to be determined to contribute their quota to the gamut of efforts that the government and various institutions and partners like German Development Organisation (GIZ) “are making towards TVET transformational agenda.”
The Vice Chancellor told them that they had the onerous responsibility to ensure learners put in their care were trained in TVET for the world of work.
Prof Sarfo was happy that the government had prioritised the TVET sector since 2017 to make it more attractive for Ghanaians as part of job creation and economic development efforts.
The government, he said had roped in technical and vocational education into free Senior high school programme and had reached significant advancement toward achieving a five-year strategic plan for TVET in the country.
Chairman of the governing council of the University, Paul KwasiAgyemang, noted that TVET and entrepreneurship were some avenues holding much promise in the country.
He, therefore, commended the government for sincere effort to strengthen the TVET sector of the country.
The University, he said would not relent in its mandate to train and provide teachers with relevant competence for teaching in technical and vocational education and training institutions.
According to the Chairman, the University would continue to provide higher education in technical, vocational and entrepreneurial training to develop skilled manpower for job creation and economic development for the betterment of the country.