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VET Toolbox joint workshop in Accra

12.04.2019 - Accra, Ghana

The British Council and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH jointly working with the Fair River International Association for Development (FARIAD) and the National Vocational Training Institute (NVTI) have successfully completed another EU VET Toolbox Project in Ghana.

The project supported FARIAD, a Ghanaian NGO and private TVET provider, and NVTI to develop stronger VET and industry partnerships, provided skills to develop workplace relevant curriculum and offered training in Career Guidance and Counselling based on FARIAD’s support request.

The short-term project was funded under the Vocational Education and Training (VET) Toolbox Project, an EU- and BMZ-financed technical cooperation facility set up to promote demand driven Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET).

Using three short-term specialists, initial consultations led to tailored training programmes being delivered in each of the three areas, VET & Industry PPPs, Curriculum Development as well as Career Guidance and Counselling. The training will assist VET providers to make the skills of their students more relevant to labour market needs, which will ideally lead to increased job opportunities for youth and improved enterprise productivity.

On Friday, 12th April 2019, a VET Toolbox briefing workshop at British Council was held to discuss project activities and reflect on findings from the consultations and interventions. It showcased the work of Toolbox more broadly and provided advice on how other organisations in Ghana might benefit from the support Toolbox offers.

The Vocational Education and Training (VET) Toolbox Project has been launched in Ghana in September 2018 as one of the first countries to participate in this project with a call by Mr. Robin Cordes, Deputy Head of Development Cooperation, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, for renewed partnership to curb youth unemployment. The initiative is co-funded by the European Union and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and implemented through a partnership of European agencies namely British Council, GIZ, Enabel and LuxDev. The project operates mainly in African and Asian countries.

According to requests from partner countries the project fields short-term experts to support industry led VET solutions. Public and private institutions working on VET and employment promotion from Ghana can electronically submit a request for support to the VET Toolbox. The VET Toolbox Coordination Hub assesses the request and, if the request is eligible, defines the support intervention in dialogue with the requesting institution. Then the short-term expertise is selected and fielded to work with the requesting institution/s in Ghana.

To date, the VET Toolbox has received four support requests in Ghana. The request from the National Board for Professional and Technician Examinations (NABPTEX) was already completed in November 2018; further requests were received from the Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (COTVET), the National Vocational Training Institute (NVTI) and FARIAD.