Madam Georgina Kwofie, the Former District Chief Executive of Ahanta West, says Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) has good elements to enhance sustainable industrial and technological advancement.
She said TVET provided the skills, knowledge and attitudes that prepared individuals for self-employment and ensured continued replacement of industrial and technological manpower.
Madam Kwofie was speaking at the graduation ceremony for 25 graduands of the Community Development Vocational Institute in Takoradi.
It was on the theme: “Vocational Education, A New Hope for Ghana’s Industries”.
Madam Kwofie, who is also a Retired Educationists, said the technological progress of any nation depended on the level of resourcefulness of her citizens “which is why TVET should be given the needed attention to produce qualified persons to feed the industries.
She said Ghana could learn from countries like Austria and Germany which had been successful in this area.
Madam Kwoie called for an effective relationship between TVET instructors and industries to ensure that curricula and teaching methodologies were relevant to meet the dynamics of work requirements.
Mrs Georgina Lyall-Essien, the Headmistress of the Institute, said the school was established in 1975 to train students in designing, hospitality management, cosmetology and beauty care, home management, and entrepreneurial skills among other subjects.
She said the institute had trained over 3000 young men and women who had been gainfully employed in both the private and public sectors and appealed for support to construct a fence wall to protect the school from intruders.
Mr Owusu Ansah, the Regional Director of Community Development, urged the grandaunds to be dedicated and work hard to ensure their success adding; “your attitude to work will greatly determine your degree of success”.
Ms Charlotte Odoom, the Metropolitan Chief Executive, said government saw technical and vocational education as key to economic development and as such had been consistent in rolling out projects and programmes to enhance TVET activities.