The Tamale Technical University (TaTU) in partnership with the Ghana Skills Development Initiative and GIZ has held an induction ceremony for new learners into the Apprenticeship in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (ATVET) model project.
The learners will undergo a month-long skills training in pruning and spraying techniques within the mango value chain.
Under the ATVET project, the Tamale Technical University is expected to deliver COTVET accredited competency-based training in five selected occupations in the Mango value chain to three youth groups.
The Project Coordinator at the Tamale Technical University Alhaji Mustapha Mas-ud revealed that the occupations were, Nursery Assistants, Farm hands, Harvesters, Mango sprayers and Pruners.
“So far, we have done three occupations; these are nursery assistants, farm hands, and harvesters. One in December, two occupations in January which ended in early February and these two occupations are the last groups to be trained”.
He said the project was expected to end in March 2021 and fifty individuals were projected to benefit from the training, ten from each of the targeted groups.
Pro-Vice Chancellor of the Tamale Technical University, Professor Bashiru Imoro Ibn Saeed who is also the project lead person, explained that, the University needed to collaborate with industries and other organizations to enable them deliver lessons in competency based mode in line with the mandate of the University.
He said the project will also ensure that curricular are developed using a competency based formula where the regulators, industry and the institution are partners to deliver competent man power to industries.
Project Coordinator at the ATVET, Leonard Dogbey who explained the goal of the project to the media said it will increase the number of skilled employees within the mango industry and also increase employability of trainees to respond to industry demand in the mango value chain sector.
Story By: Ken Zoure Edward