SUPPORT TVET TO REDUCE UNEMPLOYMENT – NVTI BOSS
The Executive Director of the National Vocational Training Institute (NVTI), Mrs. Mawusi Nudekor Awity, has called on the Government to continue to support Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in order to reduce the rising rate of unemployment in Ghana.
She underscored the need for trainees to be resourced with the right tools and equipment so they could create jobs for themselves and others after training. “Due to insufficient and lack of startup capital, most trainees are not able to set up their own businesses or expand them to meet social demands. If these trainees are given the necessary assistance, they will be able to expand their businesses and even employ graduates from the training institutes,” she said.
Mrs. Awity said this at the 48th Anniversary Celebration of the NVTI in Accra. The celebration by the NVTI was under the theme: “Promoting TVET to Provide Solutions to Ghana’s Unemployment Challenges: The Role of NVTI”.
She stated further that since its inception, the NVTI has trained thousands of people in over 29 different skill areas, adding that some of the institutions through innovation have been able to produce simple hospital equipment that the country would have otherwise spent hard – earned money to import.
On his part, the Minister of Education, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, said that Government had approved a loan to upgrade and modernize all 34 National Vocational Training Institutes, and was collaborating with Planet Core Education for the implementation of the programme. He further revealed government will soon resource and upgrade the Head Office of the NVTI and the Opportunities Industrialization Centers, Ghana (OIC- G).
He concluded by saying that “We cannot move forward as a country if we are not serious about TVET”.
The Deputy Minister for Employment and Labour Relations, Hon. Bright Wireko – Brobby, who represented the Sector Minister, Hon. Ignatius Baffour Awuah , also commended the NVTI for the achievements chalked so far.
He received an artwork presentation on behalf of his Excellency, President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo Addo.