Joins forces to create more jobs – Assembly-ICCES Told

Baba Jamal
Baba Jamal

Deputy Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, Alhaji Baba Jamal, has called for stronger linkages between the district assemblies and the Integrated Community Centres for Employable Skills (ICCES) to promote job creation.

Baba Jamal
Baba Jamal

The assemblies need to draw these centres into their orbit as community-based institutions and aid them to operate efficiently.
He said the development of technical and vocational education was the way forward and that all relevant stakeholders must therefore accept to pull together to make the sector to become more vibrant.
Alhaji Baba Jamal was speaking at a graduation ceremony held for 456 ICCES trainees at Nerebehi in the Atwima-Nwabiagya District.
They had completed three years of training in various trades – masonry, carpentry, electrical, dressmaking, catering, building and draughts-man-ship and were presented with the Nation Vocational Training Institute (NVTI) Grade I and II Certificates.
Alhaji Baba Jamal announced that his Ministry has secured computers from the Ghana Investment Fund and Electronic Communication (GIFEC) with one-year fully paid internet connectivity for 10 of the centres.
Nationwide, the number of these centres stands at 61, and the Deputy Minister did not mention the beneficiaries, expect to say that, three of them are in the Ashanti Region.
He again spoke of plans to work with development partners and other agencies to improve their infrastructure and logistics.
Alhaji Baba Jamal advised the trainees to apply their skills to improve their livelihood and help to give jobs to other people.
They could go into cooperatives to bid for contracts from the assemblies.
Mr. Sebastian Deh, the Executive Director, Council for Technical and Vocational Education Training (COTVET), said the Council had developed a national ?TVET? qualification framework to solve the problem of multiplicity of certificates and provide progression path for learners in the sector.
Ms. Takako Ueno, Project Formulation Adviser, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), said vocational and technical education was the driving force of socio-economic growth and pledged that her country would continue to stand with Ghana to travel this path.
Mr. Daniel Amoh, the Centre Manager, complained of a plethora of challenges ? inadequate classrooms and workshops, lack of tools and equipment for competency based training, and funding, and pleaded with the government to help tackle these.


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