Takoradi, W/R - 15 December 2017. 10 welding instructors from Takoradi Technical Institute (TTI), Kikam Technical Institute (KimTech) and the Regional Maritime University (RMU), graduated from the second phase of a continuous welding programme that will prepare the instructors to qualify for certification by the American Welding Society (AWS), thus becoming globally recognized welding professionals. The goal is better equip instructors to prepare their students for employment in the oil and gas, mining and construction industries.

The 12-week intensive training programme, which is funded by the Ministry of Energy’s Oil and Gas Capacity Building Project (OGCBP), and managed by the Western Region Coastal Foundation (WRCF), provides the instructors with access to world class laboratories that house state of the art welding equipment donated to KimTech, TTI and RMU by the World Bank.

“This is the second in a series of training programmes that we will be taking the welding instructors through; the first being in March of this year. Through the programme, WRCF and its partners continue to demonstrate that it is possible to deliver high quality training in a public technical institution in Ghana, as opposed to sending employees abroad or inviting consultants to do the training locally. With sustained investment by Government and the support of the extractive companies, local technical institutes will become more sustainable and the TVET sector can begin delivering the high quality graduates companies are looking to employ in the future” Mr. Matthew Armah, Team Leader and CEO of WRCF remarked.

Mr. Armah further explained that once instructors go through all the training programme levels, they will likely be prepared to test for international accreditation. “We are currently working with Daniel Kwarkye, an accredited American Welders Society welding instructor, who is preparing the instructors to become AWS certified.”

“We are also working with COTVET, the GES, and others, to review and make recommendations on a new and improved national curriculum that meets international industry standards.” Mr. Armah added.

The 10 instructors, as well as 20 employees of Golden Star Resources, a Canadian mining company operating in Ghana, received certificates of participation.

For more information about joining a course or customised training courses for your company, please contact WRCF’s Resource Mobilisation Manager, Kamil Mohammed, at kamil_mohammed@wrcfghana.org.

For more information, pictures, case studies and interviews, please contact: Oswald Felli, WRCF Communications Manager, +233 20 784 5941, oswald_felli@wrcfghana.org

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