Ghana Apprenticeship Programme Launched, Providing Job Skills to 50,000 Individuals

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Ghana Apprenticeship Programme Launched, Providing Job Skills to 50,000 Individuals

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Ghana Apprenticeship Programme Launched, Providing Job Skills to 50,000 Individuals

Ghana Apprenticeship Programme Launched, Providing Job Skills to 50,000 Individuals

A comprehensive apprenticeship programme to provide competency-based training to about 50,000 individuals has been launched in Accra.

The primary goal of the Ghana Apprenticeship Programme (GAP) initiative is to be the overarching programme providing apprenticeship training tailored to the demands of contemporary jobs and fostering a bridge between traditional apprenticeship systems and modern employment requirements.

It is being implemented by the Ministry of Education through the Commission for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (CTVET), with a budget of GH¢800 million, comprising $40 million from the World Bank and €20 million from the German Development Bank (KfW).

The launch was on the theme: ⁠”Fostering Economic Growth: Job Creation via Apprenticeship Training”. It was chosen to reflect the strong correlation between small businesses and their role in fuelling economic growth.

Beneficiaries

The beneficiaries will include unemployed and underemployed individuals seeking skills and jobs, high school graduates, university graduates and persons who have completed their national service but want to be reskilled.

Other beneficiaries are master craft persons, their apprentices and workers, cooperatives and trade associations; private enterprises and workforces as well as private and public training providers.

The Vice-President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, who launched the GAP yesterday, said the programme would play a pivotal role in modernising apprenticeship systems by introducing formalised training providers, standardised curricula and a robust quality assurance framework.

He said it would facilitate a shift from conventional methods to a competency-based approach, ensuring that apprentices were equipped not only with theoretical knowledge, but also with practical and industry-relevant skills.

Since 2017, he said, the government had a clear plan to industrialise and one of the key pillars of that agenda was to revamp and modernise technical and vocational education and training (TVET) for it to become responsive to the needs of industry and to make it attractive to the youth.

To that effect, Dr Bawumia said an apprenticeship policy was launched in 2021 as part of a five-year TVET strategic plan (2018-2022).

“We have also, in collaboration with KfW, implemented fully TVET Voucher Project 2018 to 2023 leading to some 19,062 mastercraft persons and apprentices benefiting from this free apprenticeship training offered by government,” he stated.

Source: Joy News

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