2nd Lady Launches Skills Development Grant


…Training For 1,500 Artisans On Auto Electronic Diagnostic Testing In W/R

By Maxwell Okamafo Addo

The Second Lady, Mrs. Matilda Amissah-Arthur, has called on artisans in the western region to join hands to upgrade themselves in order to acquire new skills that would enhance their operations.

She made the Statement on August 10, 2014 at the Takoradi Polytechnic, when she launched a 10 days capacity building on modern techniques in detecting faults on vehicles for some 1500 artisans who have been selected to undergo training in a COTVET sponsored initiative under the Skills Development Fund provided by the World Bank and DANIDA, aimed at providing demand-driven response to some of the challenges faced by productive sector of the economy.

She called on the artisans to take what they are learning there seriously so that after the programme they would be trainers of trainees so as to impact whatever they have been able to learn to others.

Mrs Matilda Amissah Arthur said times have changed as they are aware, adding that we are in a technological world so the programme is timely in order to adapt modern techniques since most of the vehicles that they used to work on have become more advanced, in order for them to get work to do.

She also called on the organizers to organize a test for them at the end of the program so that they would use it to access themselves
Mrs. Matilda Amissah Arthur further stated that they should see themselves as professionals because that is their chosen field and that they should avoid lateness and also try as much as possible to bring along artisans who didn’t have the information to come on board since it had no limitation.

The Second Lady,also called on the organizers to try as much as possible to balance the equation by bringing more women on board because there are involved in the garage work.

In all a total of GH¢830,530 from the Skills Development Fund had been ear-marked for the “Auto Electronic Diagnostic Testing” course.
Mr Kwesi Anwuboh, Regional Secretary of the Ghana National Association of Garages (GNAG), said the training would ensure that artisans took full control of repairs and maintenance of vehicles as proper diagnostics.

He said the Association had acquired two acres of land for a training school where youths and the under-privileged could learn apprenticeship.
In all, 10 zones had been selected from the 22 districts namely; Aowin Suaman, Sekondi, Nzemaman, Tarkwa, Sefwi-Wiawso, Agona Ahanta, Sefwi-Juaboso, Takoradi, Wassa Amenfi and Bia to take part in the training.

Mr Paul Evans Aidoo, Western Regional Minister, said such employable skills had the tendency to reduce the employment situation in the country and, therefore, encouraged the artisans to take their training seriously in order to derive the maximum benefit.

The Minister entreated them to share and transfer the knowledge that would be acquired to members who would not have direct opportunity to be trained by the polytechnic.

Mr Alhaji S. M. Dakpo, National Chairman of GNAG, charged the polytechnic to develop a training manual for the GNAG to help in organising refresher courses for their members.

Professor Daniel Nyarko, Rector of the Takoradi Polytechnic, whose speech was read on his behalf, said the polytechnic had positioned itself as a leader in technical and vocational training.

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