The Ghana Skills Development Initiative (GSDI) has held an official launching event in Koforidua to commence project activities in the Eastern Region as part of the project’s bid to extend to other regions of Ghana. GSDI seeks to improve the quality of the traditional apprenticeship system to enhance skills and qualification.

After receiving co-funding from the European Union, the GSDI is expanding its activities to a total of six Regions, introducing three additional trade areas, and starting to promote agricultural education training. The Eastern Region is one of the new regions. This is to complement the existing four regions and five trade areas.

The launch which was held at the GNAT Assembly Hall in Koforidua was attended by Hon. Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, the Minister for Education, Hon. Eric Kwakye Darfour, the Regional Minister for Eastern Region, Paolo Salvia, Acting Head of Delegation, European Union Delegation to Ghana (EU), Robin Cordes, Deputy Head of Development Cooperation at the German Embassy Accra, Dr. Fred Asamoah, the Executive Director of COTVET and other GSDI partners.

After the launching event, there was an open forum which allowed the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) trade associations and training providers in the Eastern Region to engage with the GSDI team to become better informed about the project and its activities in the region.

In his key-note address, the Hon. Minister for education commended the work of the German government and the EU in skills development. He also reiterated government’s commitment to introducing TVET reforms in the country.

The European Union supports GSDI III through the Ghana Employment and Social Protection (GESP) with EUR 7.0 million. The German contribution to promote Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in Ghana through the Programme for Sustainable Economic Development (PSED) amounts to more than EUR 5.5 million.

The Collaborative Apprenticeship Training model introduced by GSDI combines workplace- based training in the informal sector and school-based training at TVET providers like the St. Paul Technical School and the Koforidua Technical Institute. Currently, 500 apprentices and master craftspersons are receiving technical training developed by GSDI and funded by German Financial Cooperation through the Ghana TVET Voucher Programme across the various project regions.

GSDI is a project commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in cooperation with the Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (COTVET) and other public and private sector stakeholders. GSDI III started in April 2016 and is co-funded by the European Union.

GSDI seeks to improve the quality of the traditional apprenticeship system in the informal sector to enhance skills and qualifications. The project supports the introduction of competency based training (CBT) standards and a collaborative training model. It combines workplace-based training and courses at selected TVET providers.

So far, GSDI has been working in five trade areas (electronics, garment making, welding, cosmetology, and automotive) and three regions (Greater Accra, Volta, and Northern). GSDI III is currently expanding to 3 additional trades (electrical installation, furniture works, and block laying + tiling), 3 additional regions (Ashanti, Western, and Eastern), and 2 agricultural value chains.

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