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TVET mission to Ghana reveals vision for an industry demand-led curriculum

Our recent technical & vocational education & training (TVET) mission to Ghana explored the labour market needs and identified the most critical competency based skill sets required by employers, alongside looking at the curriculum and training needs of TVET organisations in order to pioneer solutions that build the capability and capacity of teams in developing competency based training.

With an abundance of natural resources, Ghana has a huge growth potential in industries such as agriculture, hospitality and tourism. However, its economic performance and competitive position is challenged by a predominance of small and medium businesses (over 90%), and a lack of financial loans support for medium to long term growth.

Many employers report the need for better technical skills and that both entry-level employees and graduates often have to be retrained as they do not hold the required skills sought by businesses today. Our dialogue with local employers identified an increasing need for future talent to be armed with entrepreneurship, confidence building and practical skills and that digital, green and social skills will also be in demand due to future business drivers.

But whilst there is an increasing demand for multi-skilled employees - talent management, structured career progression and performance review processes are relatively new to employers.

The government however, has a clear vision for competency based training to help build a skilled workforce. On the recent TVET mission to Ghana, our executive director, Jane Rexworthy, met with Hon. Barbara Asher Ayisi, Deputy Minister of TVET, to discuss the importance of competency based learning and the new five year strategy for TVET.

Looking at the current and future initiatives the ministry is implementing to encourage the development of an industry demand-led curriculum, the Deputy Minister outlined three key objectives:

  1. To improve the perception of TVET
  2. To increase the number of women involved in TVET
  3. Investment for schools / tools and resources 

One of the largest challenges in upskilling the future workforce through TVET has been the lack of resources and practical tools which has resulted in students undertaking several years of theoretical study without practical lessons until they are able to go for a work attachment. To help address this and other challenges, organisations including COTVET, Koltek, Faraid and NVTI have worked in partnership with employers to develop and implement industry-led competency based standards.

With the willingness of TVET schools to embrace competency based training, a workforce that is yearning to learn and an abundance of raw material and opportunities for entrepreneurship in Ghana, this presents an opportunity for more flexible, accessible, relevant and improved competency based skills delivery across the TVET sector.

Our next phase of work in Ghana will look building capability and capacity across the sector through competency based skills curriculum development training that enables teachers to develop and deliver training and gain accreditation for their programmes, adding value to what is already being delivered by Koltek and COTVET.