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Thirty-one apprentices who had undergone two years training under the government’s Council for Technical and Vocational Education Training (COTVET) program have been graduated in the Mfantseman Municipality of the Central Region.
The graduands made up of males and females were each given set of tools and equipment depending on the area each had training on: carpentry, cosmetology and garment.
Speaking at the ceremony held at the forecourt of the Mfantseman Municipal Education Directorate in Saltpond, the directorate’s Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) coordinator, Mr Benjamin Benyan, explained that the project started fully in 2014 after the initial commencement in 2010 had failed. He added that the motive for the African Development Bank (AfDB) sponsored program was to help reduce the unemployment rate in the country and urged Ghanaians to always welcome every opportunity that comes their ways and make good use of it. “When we started this project, many people said a lot of bad things about it and now, look at where we have come,” he admonished.
Mr Benyan moreover urged the masters contracted by the council to train the apprentices not to be discouraged by the council’s regular checking of particular and records of the assigned apprentices from them.
For her part, Martha Acquah (Mrs), the municipal education director, who chaired the occasion underscored the need for the youths of the country especially those who in one way or the other could not further their education or had formal education to have a skill training in either dressmaking, carpentry or cosmetology. This, according to her, “you wouldn’t have to wait for someone, be it government or an individual to employ you before you get something to do, it is self-employable and another good news is that you don’t wait till end of month before you see money, yours is daily.”
She however debunked the allegation that vocational training was for those who are not academically good.
Mrs Acquah moreover bemoaned about the rate at which some of the apprentices who had had opportunity to be enrolled onto the program quitted along the line.
Hon Kenneth Kelly Essuman, the MCE for Mfantseman, who was the guest speaker, reiterated government’s commitment to improving vocational and technical training and urged the graduands to make good use of the skills and the tools acquired and given respectively, in order for them to become helpful to the society, cautioned them not to go and sell them.
He moreover announced the Assembly’s readiness and willingness to collaborate with the various associations of the artisans in the municipality and urged them to be united for easy contact should the assembly wants to offer job contract, following an appeal from the Mankessim Zonal president of Ghana National Tailors and Dressmakers Association (GNTA), Madam Good ace Baaba Abban.
Madam Celestina Asiedu, a parent, stood on behalf of the parents of the beneficiaries and thanked the officials for the kind gesture done them by offering free training and tools and equipment.
The beneficiaries, joyfully thanked the Council and expressed their happiness for the honor done them and promised to make good use of the training acquired and the tools given them.
Source: Kojo Ata Kakrah Abrowah || ghananewsonline.com.gh, obrumankoma FM.