An Institute to help train highly skilled artisans with the capacity to design and produce quality products in the jewellery and products industry has been inaugurated.
The Asanska College of Design and Technology (ACDT), which will run degree, diploma and certificate courses in jewellery design technology, product design and entrepreneurship, will equip and enable young artisans learn and develop their skills in the production of quality products, as well as qualify them for the job market and self-employment.
In an address during the inauguration of the college in Accra last Thursday, the Member of Parliament for Fanteakwa North Constituency, Mr Amankwa Asiamah, said the rapidly increasing population in the Ghanaian labour market without employable skills was a major cause of unemployment.
A view of the ACDT building
He said the initiative would help to deal with the unemployment situation currently facing the youth through skills development and job creation.
Outlining the target of the school, Mr Asiamah said it would basically target unemployed youth who have acquired some skills from the technical and vocational institutes, individuals passionate about design and curious about technology, as well as those ready to pursue innovative courses.
For his part, the Founder of the school, Mr Kwabena Amankwah Asiamah, said the initiative was to contribute to national development, as well as add value to raw gold produced in and exported from the country, sustain the jewellery business and create jobs for national development.
Learning and research
The facility, equipped with modern equipment, would facilitate learning and research to enable students to succeed in the field for academic excellence.
He expressed optimism that the institution would contribute to national development and produce young entrepreneurs who would fit into the industry to reduce the unemployment situation in the country.
The President of the ACDT, Mr Emmanuel Amankwah Asante, urged students and staff of the ACDT to ensure that they played their parts in moving the school forward.
“The success of any operation such as running a college will depend on all stakeholders working towards the same goal and with equal enthusiasm and commitment,” he said.
He, therefore, called on stakeholders to provide the college with their continuous support in ensuring that the centre became an excellent avenue for design and technology.