The Western Region Coastal Foundation in collaboration with the Ministry of Energy’s Oil and Gas Capacity Building Project, Ghana Education Service, and COTVET launched the Technical Centre of Excellence in Takoradi.
Takoradi, W/R. Friday 15 December 2017. With the primary objective of making Takoradi Technical Institute (TTI) and Kikam Technical Institute (KimTech) self-sustaining schools, the Technical Centre of Excellence (TCE) will serve as a Business Development Unit (BDU) to generate revenue for both schools through industry trainings, international funding proposals, amongst other channels.
The TCE is the first of its kind in Ghana. Whilst, some schools may have similar units that offer some components of what the TCE does, they do not focus on all revenue opportunities that the TCE will focus on. These are corporate training; fundraising and donations; online learning; institution linkage agreements; international fuding proposals, symposiums and events, and short courses offered in the evenings and on weekends.
As Government focuses on TVET development to promote economic growth, it may not be able to cater for all the needs of the country’s technical and vocational schools. As a result, the Western Region Coastal Foundation (WRCF), the Oil and Gas Capacity Building Project (OGCBP) and key partners, felt that by establishing Unit, department or division that specializes in revenue generation, or seeks resources outside of government funding and tuition, this will accelerate progress and ease the burden of government to solely fund the needs and activities of TTI and KimTech.
WRCF and partners believe this model is the future, and they look forward to supporting other schools establish similar BDUs for themselves. Once successful, Ghana will very likely move beyond aid.
“The launch of the Business Development Unit marks a renaissance for the TVET sector in Ghana. It’s an innovative approach for schools to be self-reliant and self-sustaining so that they move from a dependency relationship with Government, towards a more complementary relationship. This will enhance the quality and growth of our institutions” Mr. Matthew Armah, Team leader and CEO of WRCF, remarked.
“The Ministry of Energy did a great job funding this through its Oil and Gas Capacity Building Project, established the Technical Centre of Excellence. The GES, COTVET, NVTI and DFID through UKaid, demonstrated excellent foresight by being very supportive of the process. My desire is to see this replicated throughout the country, and WRCF is here to coordinate and facilitate that effort” Mr. Armah remarked further.
The TCE is governed by a Steering Committee composed of representatives from Government, communities, the extractive industry (oil, gas and mining) and key management staff of TTI and KimTech. Its vision is to be the focal point of quality technical education for Ghana and beyond.
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