The Deputy Minister of power, William Owireku Aidoo has commended government for rebranding of the countrys vocational and technical education system to boost its appeal and attraction. According to him, a comprehensive policy on skills training for the youth would empower them to become self-supporting and also develop effective marketing strategies to meet the needs and interests of both parents and the youth. Mr. Owireku Aidoo stated this at the Sod Cutting ceremony of the Upgrading and Modernisation of Hemang Buoho Vocational Training Institute at Afigya Kwabre South District of Ashanti.
Though, NVTI has made success on its mandate but is also confronted with many challenges such as inadequate infrastructure, equipment and many more. Throughout the world Technical and Vocational education and training is identified as a pivotal tool for nation’s development. The government of Ghana, also identified that, to achieve his vision for massive development and economic growth which will lead to Ghana beyond aid has decided to upgrade and retool all the 34 NVTI institute in Ghana which Hemang Buoho Vocational Training is benefiting. The projects includes, boys and girls dormitories, various workshops, ICT centre, and administration block. The Institute Manager of Hemang Buoho Vocational Training Institute, Mr. Prosper Yao Ghattie disclosed that, the school was established in 2002 with 150 trainees and has produced many expertise working in various industries across the country despite infrastructure challenges.
He commended government for the upgrading and retool the institute. Mr. Yao Ghattie however appealed for support from Member of Parliament of the area to assist the institute to register for COTVET as training provider and obtain accreditation as service provider to assess the ongoing voucher programme to upgrade the master craft persons of the Community, district and Ghana as whole to sharpen their skills.
In his part, The District Chief Executive of the area, Mr. Christian Adu- Poku said the nations skills and industry mismatch could be effectively addressed if TVET is properly packaged and promoted. He said the system must be moved away from repairs and maintenance to building and production of new products that would benefit the nation, adding that there was the need for integration and infusion of skills development and vocational training into the education system. Mr. Adu-Poku said the purpose of Technical and Vocational Education and Training, TVET is to equip people with the technical and professional skills needed for socioeconomic and industrial development of the country hence the decision of government of NPP to put premium on TVET education.
He urged the contractors upgrading the facility to ultra-modern Vocational Training Institute to scale-up the work for speedy completion of the projects. He however, cautioned private developers who are attempting to encroach the schools and government lands to desist from such act, saying the Assembly would not hesitate to pull down any unauthorised structure on those lands.
The Deputy Minister of Energy who double as Member of Parliament of Afigya Kwabre South constituency Mr. William Owireku Aidoo said vocational education is the answer to the growing unemployment and the surest way to provide self employment to the youth. He reiterated government commitment to change the current negative perception and help build the kind of technical knowhow required for the speedy development of the nation. Mr. Owireku Aidoo called for massive investment in infrastructure and logistics to boost vocational and technical education since it was the key to national development.
Highlight of the event was the donation of Personal Protective Equipments, PPE’S made up of thermometer, veronica buckets, quantity of sanitizers, liquid soaps, nose masks and motorbike to management, staff and students of Hemang Buoho Vocational Training Institute. The donation was funded by the District Assembly and the Member of Parliament of the area.