All technical and vocational training centres and institutions that have not yet registered with the Commission for Technical Education and Vocational Training (CTVET) still have a window of opportunity to do so before the end of the year.
The CTVET gave all such centres and institutions to register with it by June 30, 2022, but as of the date of the deadline, only 188 of them had successfully registered.
The Director-General of CTVET, Dr Fred Kyei Asamoah, has therefore, advised all operators of vocational centres and technical institutions in the country to register with the CTVET to guarantee their continuous operations.
Dr Asamoah was addressing a meeting of the Ghana National Association of Private TVET Institutions (GNAPTVETI) in Accra yesterday (Tuesday, September 6, 2022) in Accra.
The meeting was to engage private operators of TVET centres and institutions in the country to give the assurance of the government’s commitment to support the private TVET sector to lead in the educational agenda.
It was also to expose the participants to the various programmes the government was rolling out, particularly the Ghana Skills Development Fund (GSDF) and the Ghana Jobs & Skills Project (GJSP) and how they could access such funds.
The meeting was also to educate the private sector on the need to register with the CTVET so that they too can take advantage of the incentives that the government is rolling out for the TVET sector.
Dr Asamoah, however, warned those who had not yet registered with the CTVET that they risked having challenges with their operation by next year.
He was convinced that there were still many TVET centres and institutions which were yet to register, saying that the number in the Greater Accra alone was more than 200, and so for only 188 nationally to have registered was discouraging.
“A time is coming, if we do not have you in our database, it will be difficult for you to operate.
“Regulation is not to punish you, regulation is to enhance what you do,” Dr Asamoah told the TVET operators.
He gave an assurance that the CTVET was prepared to work with the private operators in the sector, adding that government’s agenda for the TVET transformation had not been without the private sector.
Describing the private TVET operators as an important constituency of the TVET sector, Dr Asamoah said it was the importance government attached to that constituent that, together with parliament, they agreed that a private TVET sector had a representation on the CTVET board as a regulator.
He acknowledged that even though operators of the private TVET sector were running business, “they are also running an important sector that can contribute to the development of the nation because they are focusing on nothing but training skills, which is very critical and essential.
Throwing more light on the meeting, Dr Asamoah further said the engagement was also to remind them of the government’s quest to support them and to make sure that all of them were registered, accredited and regulated.
“It was also to bring them up to speed on most of the important things government is doing in the TVET sector.
“Notable among them was the Ghana TVET Report that was launched last week, then also significantly, the Ghana Skills Development Fund, which government has started rolling out,” Dr Asamoah explained.
The President of the GNAPTVI, Aretha Graham, in a remark, thanked CTVET for consistently involving the association in all national events and developments.
“With the introduction of the free TVET, most of us were in a dilemma as to what exactly is ahead of us, but thank God, the Commission and for that matter, the government, always remember private providers when it comes to training and other programmes that government always rolls out,” she said.