The clarion call for increased investment in Ghana's Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) sector has resonated louder than ever.
The Ghana Association of TVET Institutions, heralding a significant improvement in the sector, is advocating for bolstered support to elevate employment prospects for graduates emerging from technical and vocational schools.
In a compelling interview with Dr. Shackles on KYZZ FM's morning show, Mr. Eric Akwabeng, the Western Regional Coordinator of the Ghana National Association of TVET Institutions, shed light on the transformative evolution of TVET education.
He reminisced how, previously, TVET education lingered as the underdog, overshadowed by traditional senior high schools.
However, governmental investments have propelled a remarkable shift, where hands-on skills and vocational expertise now reign, leading to increased employability.
Expressing concern about potential unemployment issues, Mr. Akwabeng warned of a future where TVET graduates could face job scarcity if adequate investment and support aren't forthcoming.
Drawing parallels with university graduates flooding saturated job markets, he stressed the urgency of proactive measures to prevent a similar fate for TVET graduates in a decade.
Mr. Akwabeng proposed a multifaceted approach to address these challenges.
He urged the government to intensify investments in TVET education, advocating for sector-specific and trade-focused support.
Collaboration with the private sector to procure machinery and equipment for producing locally consumable items, such as fabrics and t-shirts, currently imported from countries like Vietnam and India, was highlighted as a pivotal strategy.
Regarding taxation, Mr. Akwabeng applauded the government's tax exemption on locally produced sanitary pads and textiles outlined in the 2024 budget but deemed it insufficient.
He proposed empowering local industries to manufacture a wider array of goods, aiming to curtail foreign imports and stimulate the supply of locally manufactured products.
This, he emphasized, could generate revenue and foster increased employment opportunities.
The impassioned plea from the Ghana Association of TVET Institutions echoes the imperative need for strategic investments and supportive policies to fortify Ghana's TVET sector.
The rallying cry for collaborative efforts between government, private sector entities, and educational institutions underscores a collective ambition to nurture a skilled workforce, foster economic growth, and enhance national self-reliance.
As Ghana stands at the crossroads of empowering its TVET sector, the call to action reverberates with the promise of a more prosperous and self-sufficient future.