The College of Technology Education, Kumasi (COLTEK) of the University of Education, Winneba (UEW) has graduated the first batch of 148 beneficiaries of the Competency-Based Training (CBT) programme recently introduced at COLTEK through the collaboration of the Government of Ghana (GoG), African Development Bank (AfDB), Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (COTVET) and the UEW.

The beneficiaries, who were Technical Instructors drawn from various Technical and Vocational Institutions throughout the country, were awarded Diploma in Education (CBT option) at the special graduation ceremony that came off last September 16, 2017. For two years, the trainees had their pedagogical knowledge, skills and attitudes fine-tuned to perform effectively as competent technical and vocational teachers and trainers. Their graduation, therefore, was a major stride towards addressing deficiencies in the Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) sector of the country as well as bolstered the government’s determination to develop adequate and competent skills for industry.

Addressing the special graduation, the Acting Vice-Chancellor of UEW, Rev. Fr. Prof. Anthony Afful-Broni indicated with glee that the graduation of the first batch would serve as a motivation to other teachers in the TVET sector to enroll on the programme to upgrade their skills and competencies. He explained that under its Development of Skills for Industry Project (DSIP) which started in 2013, the government mandated COLTEK to train technical and vocational teachers for all levels of education in the country, conduct research and disseminate knowledge as well as contribute to TVET policy formulation and development. Subsequently, he said COLTEK was to upgrade five faculty staff to PhD level, train 20 faculty staff to Masters Level, upgrade 150 instructors of technical institutions to Diploma level and upgrade the teaching and learning environment in terms of the provision of workshops, lecture theatres, rehabilitation and remodeling of facilities. Despite initial challenges, the Acting Vice-Chancellor announced that all the objectives listed above were almost achieved.

The Chairman of the Governing Council of UEW, Prof. Emmanuel Nicholas Abakah advocated for the programme to be extended to artisans and apprentices of all descriptions so that upon completion, they could support and champion the government’s One District, One Factory Project which is currently at its embryonic stage. The Executive Director of COTVET Dr. Frederick Kyei Asamoah described the graduation as a core function of COTVET’s vision to propel skills delivery using the CBT as a major tool to deliver education. “We recognize the key role industry plays as a stakeholder towards the CBT implementation and will continue to develop demand-driven and industry-led programmes to generate occupational standards and curriculum for skills delivery”, he said.