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CTVET Director-General Urges Stakeholders to Follow National Apprenticeship Policy

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The Commission for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (CTVET) Director-General, Dr. Fred Kyei Asamoah, has urged stakeholders in the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) sector to follow the National Apprenticeship Policy (NAP) in carrying out their work. Dr. Asamoah made this known at a sensitization program on the policy in Accra yesterday.

The policy, which was developed by the CTVET with inputs from various stakeholders, aims to provide a standardized and integrated approach in undertaking apprenticeship at all levels and sectors in the country. The policy also provides a framework for harmonizing apprenticeship practice in both formal and informal sectors, and it offers mechanisms and guidelines for the effective coordination and implementation of good practices in apprenticeship training.

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Dr. Asamoah emphasized the importance of operationalizing the policy, stating that it would improve productivity and the competitiveness of the country’s skilled workforce for economic transformation. He also noted that the policy is aligned with the Education Sector Plan 2018-2030 and the Strategic Plan for TVET Transformation 2018-2022, which support competency-based skills development.

“Apprenticeship as a tool in the development of the capacity of the youth for socio-economic development has been heavily under-utilized, even though legal and regulatory frameworks exist to support its practice,” Dr. Asamoah said. He further stated that the country needs a skilled and competent workforce to fill the skills gaps in various sectors of the economy, including artisans and technicians.

Dr. Asamoah pointed out that strategies to tackle youth unemployment have been a significant part of the current and previous governments’ agendas to reduce poverty in the country. However, youth unemployment in the country stood at 13.9% as of the second quarter of 2022, according to the Ghana Statistical Service. He attributed this to the lack of employable skills, which perpetuates the vicious cycle of poverty and increases in social vices.

In conclusion, Dr. Asamoah urged stakeholders in the TVET sector to follow the NAP to enable the government to achieve its objectives of transforming the sector and preparing the youth for jobs requiring skills.

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