Credit: HTU Public Affairs
Technical Universities have been charged to develop programmes that would fill the skills gap, and prepare young people for future employment.
Professor Alex Dodoo, Director General, Ghana Standards Authority (GSA) gave the charge at the 4th Vice-Chancellor’s Distinguished Lecture of Ho Technical University on Wednesday, 17th August, 2022.
Speaking on the theme ‘Using Technical Universities to Accelerate Job Creation under the Framework of the Ghana National Quality Policy,’ he said TVET training institutions such as Technical Universities were in a position to enhance their curricula to meet the exigencies of the times in preparing young people for the current world of work – which he noted was a rapidly changing one.
‘To do this, there is the need to understand the youth and to shape curricula according to their needs and the needs of the world they will live in,’ he said. He added that majority of graduates from both traditional and Technical Universities do not have the skills needed for the current world of work.
He posited that, the huge skills gap was hindering the ability of graduates to unleash their potentials which he said Technical Universities were uniquely positioned to address by engaging the youth and providing solutions for meeting their employment aspirations.
Touching on the Ghana National Quality Policy, Prof. Dodoo said the Policy which was approved by Cabinet in April 2022, would among other things, operationalize the National Quality Infrastructure (NQI), a system that spells out how goods and services must be produced to meet acceptable standards by all sectors of the economy, whether private or public. It would also ensure that the production and provision of goods and services meet internationally acceptable quality standards.
He said the Policy provided an opportunity for Technical Universities to lead the national standardization agenda, by ensuring quality, consistency, precision and reliability in the production of tools, skills and human resource required for job creation in both the formal and informal sectors.
According to Prof. Dodoo, the inconsistency in the quality and standards of good and services produced in the country could be addressed through the National Quality Policy framework. He, therefore, charged Ho Technical University and educational institutions to develop the human resource needed to create quality goods and services, which would accelerate job creation.
He further encouraged Technical Universities to create their own niche of specialization and to look out for opportunities across the various sectors for skill training facilitation and job creation for young people.
He outlined sectors of the economy where opportunities exist for Technical Universities to build the capacities of young to people to create their own employment. These include, the agriculture, pharmaceutical, construction, hospitality and tourism, ICT, renewable energy, textiles and apparels, as well as logistics and transportation sectors.
‘All these sectors require value addition, and with the appropriate skills training, young people should be able to create their own employment opportunities’, Prof. Dodoo stated. He again entreated Ghanaian youth to shun the ‘entitlement’ mentality but rather put-up positive work attitude when opportunities are offered them.