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188 Vocational centres register with CTVET

BY: Severious Kale-Dery
Dr Fred Kyei Asamoah —  Director-General of CTVET
Dr Fred Kyei Asamoah — Director-General of CTVET

The Commission for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (CTVET) has so far registered 188 TVET institutions and training centres throughout the country.

Out of the number, 14 of have received conditional approval, while six have provisional approval. The rest have full approval.

One hundred and thirty-six of the registered training centres are private while the remaining 52 are public institutions.

Regional breakdown

The Greater Accra Region has the highest number of training centres and institutions, topping all with 65, while the Ashanti Region follows with 36 institutions.

The Eastern and Northern regions presented 21 institutions each, while the Central Region posted 13 institutions.

The Volta and Western have 12 each, while Western North, Upper West and Upper East have two each and the Ahafo, Bono and Bono East regions together have two institutions.

Levels

All the registered institutions are running one or more of four levels: National Proficiency One, National Proficiency Two, National Certificate One and National Certificate Two.

One hundred and seventy-six of the institutions offer the National Proficiency One, while 128 of them are running the National Proficiency Two.

Fifty-six of the institutions are running programmes at the National Certificate One level, while 16 have programmes for the National Certificate Two level.

Programmes offered

The institutions are all offering job-tailored programmes such as Fashion Design Technology, Catering and Hospitality Management, Garment Making, Furniture Works, Welding and Fabrication, Building Construction Technology and Cosmetology.

Some significantly new courses and high demanding skills are now being offered in some of the institutions.

Some of these programmes include Computer Database Administration; Consumer Electronics; Biodigester Construction; Block Laying & Tilling; Automotive Engineering Technology; Electronic Installation; Plumbing & Gas Fitting Technology and Computer Networking system.

Provisional, conditional approval

Speaking on the registration, the Head of Corporate Affairs of CTVET, Albert Opare, explained that the provisional and conditional approvals were used interchangeably by the Accreditation Committee of the commission.

“It means that the institution seeking accreditation has been approved to implement competency-based training (CBT) programmes for one year and is expected to rectify some deficiencies in the application submitted to enable the institution to meet the minimum standards required for the grant of full accreditation within the one-year provisional or conditional accreditation,” he explained.

He added that the institution “loses the provisional accreditation” if it failed to meet the minimum standards required within the one year.

Full approval

Mr Opare explained that a full accreditation meant that the institution had met all the minimum standards required for accreditation and had no deficiencies to rectify in the application submitted.

He added that the full accreditation was granted for five years after which the institution was required to renew it.

Four levels

Mr Opare said some of the institutions were running all the four courses and mentioned them to include the Tamale Technical University, Dabokpa Technical Institute and Modern Star Integrated School, all in Tamale in the Northern Region; Fr Dogli Memorial Technical Institute, New Agona and Kpando Technical Institute, both in the Volta Region.

Others are the Tema Technical Institute, Tema; the Accra Technical Training Centre, Accra Institute of Technical and the National Vocational Training Institute, all in the Greater Accra Region; the Kumasi Tropical Institute of Agriculture and the Kumasi Technical Institute, both in the Ashanti Region.

The rest are the Kumasi Vocational Training Institute, Ashanti Region; the University College of Agriculture and Environmental Studies, Bunso in the Eastern Region, and the Takoradi Technical Institute in the Western Region.