AKOSOMBO, Ghana (ILO News): The International Labour Organization (ILO) under the Skill-Up project in collaboration with GIZ and the Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (COTVET) is holding a 6-days workshop from August 12 – 17, 2019 on Skills for Trade and Economic Diversification (STED) methodology in Senchi, Eastern Region of Ghana. The workshop will lead its participants, members of the Ghanaian Sector Skills Bodies (SSBs) in the agriculture, construction and hospitality & tourism to identify and anticipate skills needs and to formulate recommendations to address them, ultimately contributing to the development of skills strategies for the sectors.
In his opening address, Mr. Theophilus Zogblah, Coordinator, Occupational Standards and Curriculum at the Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (COTVET) who represented the Executive Director of COTVET, expressed the government’s commitment towards revamping skills in the productive sectors of the economy as a means of generating sustainable employment and increasing productivity. He also conveyed the government’s appreciation of the ILO, the Norwegian government and GIZ in supporting Skill Up project in the implementation of SSBs, and renewed the commitment of COTVET to ensure the achievements of the outcomes of the project.
Mr. Michael Andivi Naah, Technical Advisor, GIZ highlighted the importance of the six day session in the establishment of a basis for sustained and economically relevant skills development in the agriculture, construction and hospitality & tourism sectors. Noting that the STED methodology is new to Ghana, he requested all participants to take a keen interest in the workshop, encouraging the ownership of STED to meet the skills needs of the sectors.
Mr. Frank Kwasi Adetor, National Project Coordinator emphasized the need of SSBs members to be committed to and to ensure their ownership of the strategies to be developed, and support their implementation. He praised the support and cooperation received from COTVET, a key project implementation partner, and prayed to the sustainability of their commitment.
Resource Persons, Mr. Cornelius Gregg (ILO Consultant – Geneva), Ms. Bolormaa Tumurchudur-Klork (Technical Specialist – Skills and Employability Department, Geneva) and Ms. Milagros Lazo Castro de Jost (Project Officer – Skills and Employability Department, Geneva) are leading the facilitation of the sessions with support from Mr Frank Kwasi Adetor, Michael Andivi Naah and Theophilus Tetteh Zogblah. The first two days will focus on the agriculture sector, followed by the construction and the tourism and hospitality sectors.
The implementation of ILO’s STED methodology helps to strengthen the businesses capabilities of the sectors while improving their productivity, competitiveness and innovation, and increasing their outputs, value added and exports. These achievements facilitate the attainment of more employment in decent jobs. It is expected that the STED workshop will directly benefit at least 55 SSBs members and indirectly reach 10,000,000 beneficiaries.
SKILL UP Project
SKILL UP Ghana project, funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs is part of a program to strengthen countries skills systems, currently also under development in Ethiopia, Tanzania, Malawi and Senegal.
STED’s Rapid Foresight workshop is jointly funded by the ILO’s Skill UP Ghana project and GIZ as part of their collaborative efforts to establish and pilot Sector Skills Bodies in three priority sectors identified by stakeholders for their implementation: agriculture, construction and tourism & hospitality.
Adetor Frank Kwasi, National Project Coordinator – SKILL UP Ghana : Adetor@ilo.org