582 students from the Hospitality Department of the Tamale Technical University (TaTU) have graduated from an intensive programme aimed equipping them with the requisite skills to becoming entrepreneurs.
The programme organized by Department of Hospitality and Catering Management of TaTU with support from the Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Employment and Labour relations, is under the National Training and Retraining programme on Obatanpa care; a post COVID-19 initiative of the government of Ghana.
Among others, the training was aimed at empowering the students and the youth in the hospitality and tourism to enable them contribute significantly to the revival and growth of the industry. The beneficiary students at the end of the intensive programme were awarded with certificates in their various fields of study.
Out of the number, 149 students graduated with certificates in Conference, Banqueting, and Event Management, 131 in Food and Beverage Operation, 121 in Food Processing, 44, in Tour Guiding Techniques and 47 in Front Office Operation.
In an address read on his behalf, the Minister of Finance Ken Ofori said, the programme testifies the Government’s commitment to empowering Ghanaian worker particularly the youth with not only new knowledge, but instilling values of good work ethics, productivity and attitudinal Change in them. “The skills you have acquired here are tools that would help you adapt and thrive in an ever-changing environment to embrace change, be open to new ideas, and explore the boundaries of your potential”, he said.
Ken Ofori Atta encouraged graduates of the National Training and retraining programme, to illuminate the path for others by inspiring the many others who may doubt their ability to change and grow. He further urged the graduates to contribute to the betterment of the society by creating opportunities for others.
Vice Chancellor of TaTU, Prof Braimah, for his part said: “the hospitality industry has become the fastest growing sector with the capacity to employ more people than any other industry” hence, it was a fine opportunity being offered by the government of Ghana to equip the beneficiaries with the requisite employable skills.
The Head of Department at the Hospitality, Tourism and Catering Management, Alhassan Fatawu said, TaTU is the only institution selected from Northern Ghana to implement the programme due to the University’s commitment to training quality and qualified hospitality, tourism and catering graduates for industries in Ghana.
Story credit: Samuel Sam