NCCTI graduates 100 trainees
| Updated Mar 21, 2017 at 2:00pm
New Century Career Training Institute (NCCTI) a branch of the National Vocational Training Institute (NVTI) based in Dansoman has held its 4th graduation ceremony with a call on key stakeholders and policy-makers to bridge the gap between industry and Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET).
The event which was under the theme, “Technical Vocational Education, the right form of Education for Ghana’s Economic Development”, saw 100 trainees graduating in various trades such as Refrigeration and Air-conditioning, Carpentry &Joinery, Building Draughtsman ship, Plumbing, Computer Hardware, General Electricals, Electronics, Dressmaking, Catering and leather-works.
Speaking on behalf of the Guest of honour, Malcom Josiah, the board chairman of the National Vocational Training Institute (NVTI), Isaac Kweku Yanney, a board member who made the call said it was also relevant there was also an effective relationship between Instructors of TVET and industry in order to achieve the desired end.
He said there was the need for instructors to professionally develop themselves and be abreast with modern trends and latest technology in industry by constantly conducting research in their area of discipline to help impart the right information to the trainees.
He said for the task of vocational education to be relevant, we must radically change from training for the formal sector of employment to training for the informal sector of employment.
The purpose of TVET, he said is to equip the individual with technical and professional skills needed for personal and socio-economic development of the country.
In her welcome address, the Institute Manager, Mrs. Lydia Duvor said NCCTI exists to provide demand- driven employable and sustainable TVET skills for economic empowerment, encourage the girl-child to pursue skills that hitherto have been male dominated and to have industrial exposure before completion of their training.
She said trainees have recorded 100% in practical engagements since the inception of the school adding however that core subjects mostly in areas such as science and calculation and drawing have been the major challenge of trainees.
The school, she disclosed has trained approximately 2,374 trainees within sixteen years with an employment rate of 72%,14% unemployed and 14% doing further studies.
She said, the institute has made significant strides in both NVTI Zonal and National sports and skills competitions adding that the just-ended National Skills Competition organized by NVTI saw the Dressmaking and Electrical sections of the Institute emerging first and third in Dressmaking and Electricals respectively.
According to her, due to lack of sponsorship and parental care some trainees are lured into premature employment for cheap labour at the expense of skills competency.
She said the likelihood of trainees subjecting themselves to rudiments is very high if they are not supported with start-up capital and sooner or later they would want to be employed instead of being employers.
She outlined some challenges facing the institute to include inadequate staffing, tools and equipment, text book and a pick-up adding that these logistics need urgent attention and calls on the government and for that matter NVTI to meet these demands.
In a closing remark, the Controller of Apprenticeship at the NVTI, Mrs. Juliana Nkrumah urged the graduands to continue in the spirit of discipline, obedience and service in all that they do so as to achieve their career goals.
The Parent -Teacher Association presented a locally-made 3-burner Gas Cooker and a blender to the catering department for being the most disciplined and dedicated department.