Three generations of welders | Improving skills in Ghana

At Takoradi Technical Institute right now, a dozen welding teachers have taken over one of the workshops normally used by their students. They’ve spent the past three weeks sweltering in protective gear as they brush up their technical skills in a refresher course organised by WRCF, and sponsored by the World Bank/Ministry of Energy’s Oil and Gas Capacity Building Project. Among the teacher-turned students are three generations of welding instructors from Kumasi, Takoradi, and Kikam, all brought together now to try and update their skills for the next generation. MARCUS Marcus Abaidoo is the first one to arrive at the...


We have to close the 'manpower gap'

What any number of Ghanaians could tell you is that there is a great disconnect between academia and industry; in terms of what products the schools are churning out and the manpower needs of industry, especially in the burgeoning extractive sub-sectors of oil and gas, and it is critical to elevate the issue to the forefront of the political discussion this election year to find ways to address this fundamental and growing problem. The issue of education was on the front burner during the last election year; some water has passed under the bridge since then with some effort made...