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Picture: Dr. Fred Kyei Asamoah, the Director-General of CTVET addressing the audience at the event.

The Commission of Technical Vocational Education (CTVET) and the German Development Cooperation (GIZ) have emphasised the critical need for the ongoing collaboration and industry involvement in Ghana's Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) structure. This message was conveyed during a media engagement event held at the New Great Hall of Kumasi Technical University (KsTU).

During the event, representatives from CTVET and GIZ underscored the potential of partnerships among the government, industry and development partners to transform the TVET system and ensure that training programmes meet the evolving needs of the labour market.

Mr. Michael Andivi Naah, a Technical Advisor with GIZ, highlighted the importance of cooperative approach. “It is crucial for the government, industry and development partners to work hand in hand to ensure that TVET graduates possess the skills and competencies required to thrive in today’s dynamic economy” he stated. Mr. Naah also emphasised the role of Sector Skills Bodies (SSBs) in economic development, noting that integrating industry insights into curriculum development and providing hands-on training opportunities are essential for shaping the next generation of skilled professionals.

Dr. Fred Kyei Asamoah, the Director-General of CTVET in his address, stressed the need for industry involvement from the onset of skills training. “Private sector involvement is crucial for the success of TVET implementation at all levels,” he remarked. Dr. Kyei Asamoah advocated for stronger partnerships with the private sector to enhance the productivity and competitiveness of Ghana's skilled workforce. He called on industry players to become key drivers of TVET, emphasising a sectoral approach to skills development to address specific industry challenges.


Prof. Gabriel Dwomoh, Vice-Chancellor of KsTU, welcomed the CTVET and GIZ team, commending the establishment and development of the Sector Skills Bodies. He noted that these bodies are vital in bridging the gap between academia and industry. “This industry-academia engagement relationships will have a significant impact on transforming TVET for accelerated development and guaranteed employability in the country” Prof. Dwomoh said.

The event was organised under the theme “Pact for Skills: Support to the Transformation of the TVET System in Ghana”, the event serves as a crucial platform to highlight the importance of SSBs in shaping a skilled and responsive workforce. The discussions focused on the initiatives undertaken by SSBs and their contributions to national economic development, including efforts to reduce skills gaps, improve productivity, increase employability, and promote sustainable development through research.

CTVET and GIZ reiterated their call for continuous collaboration with industry to strengthen the TVET system in Ghana. This collaboration is seen as very vital to transforming the TVET landscape and ensuring that training programmes align with the evolving needs of the labour market.

The media engagement at KsTU marked a significant step towards fostering stronger partnerships between the government, industry and academia all aiming to create a more skilled and competitive workforce in Ghana.

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