The Executive Director of the National Vocational Training Institute (NVTI), Mrs Mawusi Nudekor Awity, has expressed her commitment to ensure massive retooling and revamping of the institute to make vocational training attractive.
According to her, the institute is currently faced with challenges such as inadequate funds, tools, equipment and logistics for students to train with.
She, therefore, said under her leadership, she would ensure that the institute was transformed to enable it to achieve its mandate of providing demand-driven employable skills and enhance the income generating capacities of basic and secondary school leavers and other persons.
At a capacity-building workshop on the theme: “Building the culture of innovation” in Accra last Friday, Mrs Awity said the retooling was important because vocational training was practical and so the students needed tools and equipment to train with.
The two-day workshop was organised by the NVTI, to strengthen the capacity of management of the institute to enhance their output.
To mobilise funds for the retooling, she said the institute intended to reach out to donor partners, the private sector as well as the government.
For institutions for vocational training and education to be made attractive, Mrs Awity said there was the need for them to be retooled and also run new courses for students and graduates periodically.
A Consultant, Mr Fidelis Avogo, in his presentation on strategies for the NVTI to reach out to the informal sector, said the NVTI needed to be innovative to enable it to reach out to the informal sector, and meet the needs of the times.
According to him, the informal sector engages more than 80 per cent of the active working age of the country; hence, the need for the institute to position itself to take advantage of it activities.
He observed that the strength of the institute was dwindling due to financial constraints, the changing face of world development and inability of operators to be innovative.
The informal sector is a critical sector for national development, Mr Avogo said hence, the need for NVTI to position itself to ensure transformation in the sector.
“The informal sector needs attention to enable us to overcome and or minimise the avarice that confronts us as a country today. The NVTI must take the lead and set the agenda in this new transformation,” he stated.
As part of the strategies to reach out to the informal sector, Mr Avogo said there was the need to redeem the image of their certificates by rebranding and promoting the institute to the informal sector.
He added that there was the need to develop curricula across all the training providers and also introduce upgraded courses for all categories of technical and vocational training.
“There is the need to introduce practical awardable and employable certificates to cover the illiterate who learnt a trade via apprenticeship,” he said.
Mr Avogo also called for a new policy document and strategies that were contemporary to suit the current trends.