From Samuel Mensah Torbizo, Kumasi
The Kumasi Vocational Institute at Suame in the Ashanti Region, has held its 10th graduation ceremony under the theme, “Improving Skill Training Delivery in the informal sector: A role of vocational institutions”.
In all, one hundred and ninety-five students, took part in the various courses and wrote the National Vocational Institute proficiency examinations l and ll in September 2014, out of which one hundred and ninety passed, and were graduated.
The Manager of the institute, Mr. Richard Addo Gyamfi, in his welcome address, noted that it was critical for trade organizations to develop strong collaborations with vocational training set ups to play pivotal roles in the provision of continuous training programmes for the master crafts individuals in their diversified fields periodically.
He believed that for vocational training institutions to serve as resources grounds, where the youth could acquire skills and knowledge to contribute significantly to the informal apprentices or skills training, it required master crafts persons to act as the key players in realizing this vision.
Mr.Gyamfi, was of the strongest opinion that if vocational training schools and trade associations were to effectively link up in the provision of training regularly, that would be beneficial to the development of the country, the sector needed to be resourced well. “Master crafts persons for instance, would be exposed to the best apprenticeship practices in the emerging technologies in their various trades to share experiences, as well as increase productivity,” he said.
Kumasi Vocational Institute, he explained, has been play a leading role in the skill acquisition, coupled with capacity building of the master crafts men and
apprentices over the past years.
He said, in executing this task, the institute yearly organizes two special training for those in the informal sector, this takes place in February and August.
The Executive Director of the National Vocational Training Institute, Mr. S.B Amponsah, observed that the existing gap between the formal and the informal sectors, needed to be bridged to ensure more skills training in the informal sector.
He pointed out that, since skill training is very important to the sustenance of livelihood, of the poor, government was committed to supporting the vocational training institutions.