On behalf of the German Government and implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in cooperation with the Council for Technical Vocational Education and Training (COTVET), the GSDI seeks to improve the quality of the traditional apprenticeship system in the informal sector to enhance skills and qualifications. Its current phase (GSDI III) started in April 2016 and is co-funded by the European Union under its Ghana Employment and Social Protection Programme (GESP).
The ceremony was attended by H. E. Christoph Retzlaff, the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Ghana, H.E. William Hanna, the Ambassador of the European Union to Ghana, Hon. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, the Minister of Education, Sebastian Deh, the Executive Director of COTVET and over 100 guests from trade associations, members of the international community, traditional leaders, training providers and other GSDI partners.
The project supports the introduction of competency based training (CBT) standards and a cooperative training model. It combines both workplace-based training in the informal sector and school-based training modules at selected TVET training providers. “The strengths of the German approach were adapted to the Ghanaian context” stated the German Ambassador during his speech, while adding “Young people need skills to build secure livelihoods for themselves.”
The Minister of Education, represented by the Acting Vice-Chancellor of the Kumasi Technical University, Prof. Mike A. Acheampong, highlighted the support that the German Development Cooperation has been providing to the TVET sector over the last five years. Since 2012, a total of 16 training providers and 10 trade associations cooperated on the implementation of the cooperative apprenticeship training for 232 apprentices and 232 master craftspersons in 3 regions and in 5 trade areas in Ghana. In March 2016, 188 apprentices (81%) successfully achieved their assessments and received a nationally recognized National Proficiency I certificate.
GSDI will now expand to 3 additional trade areas and 2 agricultural value chains. It will also reach out to 3 additional regions – amongst them the Ashanti Region. The new financial support from the EU will contribute to this upscaling. “Today is the beginning of a new partnership between Ghana and the European Union in the area of skills development. Working together we are investing in youth.” said the EU Ambassador.
After the inaugural ceremony, the dignitaries present took a tour of the KTI and interacted with some of the students who were engaging in their training activities. The KTI is one of the training providers, which will participate in the programme and introduce CBT courses for apprentices, workers and master craftspersons as part of the developed cooperative apprenticeship training system.
About Ghana Skills Development Initiative
GSDI is a project commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in cooperation with the Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (COTVET) and other public and private sector stakeholders. GSDI III started in April 2016 and is co-funded by the European Union.
GSDI seeks to improve the quality of the traditional apprenticeship system in the informal sector to enhance skills and qualifications. The project supports the introduction of competency based training (CBT) standards and a cooperative training model. It combines workplace-based training and courses at selected TVET training providers
So far, GSDI has been working in five trade areas (electronics, garment, welding, cosmetology, and auto mechanics) and three regions (Greater Accra, Volta, and Northern). GSDI III will expand to 3 additional trade areas, 3 additional regions, and 2 agricultural value chains.