ILO SKILL UP Ghana Project Supports the implementation of Skills for Trade and Economic Diversification (STED) in the Ghanaian Healthcare sector.

The ILO and the Commission for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (CTVET) facilitated a capacity building workshop to support the development of a skills strategy for the healthcare sector in Ghana.

Press release | 29 March 2022
The ILO and CTVET held a two-day workshop from 17-18 March 2022 at Ningo Prampram, Greater Accra Region. The participants, comprised of 15 members of the Healthcare Sector Skills Body (SSB) and five staff members of the CTVET, took part in capacity building sessions on ILO’s Skills for Trade and Economic Diversification (STED) to be able to identify and anticipate skills needs and formulate recommendations to address these. The objective is to contribute to the development of a skills strategy and to strengthen the capacity of stakeholders within the healthcare sector. Mr. Theophilus Tetteh Zogblah and Mr. Frank Kwasi Adetor, both certified STED Trainers, facilitated the training sessions animated by constructive debates.

Addressing the participants virtually, Ms. Vanessa Phala, the ILO Country Office Director for Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone, underscored the need for close collaboration with the industry in addressing the systemic challenges inherent in skills development systems. She expressed her satisfaction regarding ILO’s support to the Government of Ghana through CTVET, notably to operationalize the “Sector Skills Council” concept in the country. With this intervention, she noted, there is an opportunity to close the skills gaps across sectors to improve the overall productivity and promote the decent work agenda.

In his opening remarks, Mr. Theophilus Zogblah, certified STED trainer and coordinator and representative of the Director General of CTVET, pointed out that the Commission was very satisfied with the progress made towards revamping skills in productive sectors of the economy and as means of generating sustainable employment and increasing productivity. He highlighted that, with the support of ILO, five sectoral strategies on skills have been developed and were currently at various stages of implementation. He reminded of the importance of the session in assisting in the development the 6th sector skills strategy, aiming to address the skills challenges the healthcare sector is confronted to.
Dr. Susan Amuasi, Secretary of the Healthcare SBB, noted that the training was very timely and marked an important step towards providing concrete measures for addressing skills gaps in the sector. When the skills strategy is finalized, she said, it could be used as an instrument for resource mobilization to provide a reliable and sustainable financial support for skills development in the sector.

Mr. Frank Kwasi Adetor, National Project Coordinator and certified STED trainer, confirmed that the technical support to CTEVT was delivering the desired results. Since the pilot implementation in 2019, 12 out of the 22 targeted SSBs have been progressively set up. There is evidence to suggest that it would help TVET to shift from a supply-oriented to a more demand-driven system in Ghana.

The implementation of ILO’s STED methodology ultimately contributes to strengthening the businesses capabilities of industry sectors while improving their productivity, competitiveness, and innovation capacity, and increasing their outputs, value added and exports. Such achievements facilitate the creation of more decent work opportunities.
The SKILL UP project in Ghana, funded by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD), is part of the ILO’s Global Programme on Skills and Lifelong Learning (GPSL3) and aims to strengthen the country’s skills system and its ability to respond to the labour market demand.

The workshop was funded by Skill UP in Ghana.