The Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (COTVET) in partnership with the British Council has held a consultative meeting in Tamale on developing a National Apprenticeship policy as part of implementing the I-WORK project in Ghana.
The objective was to collate views from industry players to assist in developing the first National Apprenticeship Policy for Ghana.
The meeting was also to identify the key constraints and enabling factors to effective and sustainable apprenticeship for skills development in Ghana.
The I-WORK consultative meeting brought together policy makers, empowerment institutions or individuals, training providers and apprentices and master craft persons to deliberate on the scope, approach to ensure effective engagement with employers and sustainable sources of funding to promote Apprenticeship.
I-WORK project manager at the British Council Samuel Gyedu-Brefo in an interview with Diamond news explained that, the I-WORK project is to improve work opportunities for young people within the Commonwealth countries.
He said I-WORK identified several loopholes within the apprenticeship system in Ghana and is therefore working with the Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (COTVET) to provide a National apprenticeship policy for Ghana.
A National Apprenticeship expect Gladys Quarshie on her part said the National apprenticeship policy when developed will serve as the standard to sanitize the system and a guide for apprenticeship in Ghana
She said apprenticeship should not be seen in the informal sector only and the policy will therefore encourage apprenticeship within the formal sector and also improve the traditional apprenticeship system in Ghana.
She revealed that the policy when developed will ensure competence based training for young persons to fortify them for the job market.
Source: Ken Zorre | www.diamondfmonline.com | Ghana