The VET Toolbox was launched in Accra on 27 September 2018. Hosted by British Council in partnership with GIZ, this event was an opportunity for the National Board for Professional and Technician Examinations (NABPTEX) but also for Ghanaian private sector representatives, for Eu delegation in Ghana and for British Council and GIZ representatives to discuss VET reforms and ways to enhance employability for all.
Mr Robin Cordes, the Deputy Head of Cooperation, German Embassy, said youth unemployment remained a global problem and an agenda to be pursued as people considered it a time bomb.
The world is already feeling the effects with wide spread agitations, unrests and the mass migration of youth from developing countries through dangerous means to Europe in search of jobs. No single country or institution could struggle alone. The implementation of the VET Toolbox will contribute to encourage networking, dialogue and exchange of experiences., he said.
Mr Chikodi Onyemerela, the Acting Country Director for British Council, expressed the Bristish Council’s appreciation as one of the implementing agencies of the VET Toolbox, which would help to focus on evidence–based VET and labour market information and improve private sector invlovment in VET.
Mr Chikodi Onyemerela added the VET Toolbox is supporting the reform process of the TVET system to built up a highly skilled local workforce for the local industry to contribute to the sustainable development of the country.
It will improve the conditions for job creation and job access by supporting demand driven vocational education and training according to the need of the employers and the labour market.
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Mr Andreas Hoth, VET Expert representing the VET Toolbox partnership during this launch, urged individuals, civil society, private and public institutions who needed o vocational education related support to apply.
He said inadequate private sector engagement in such initiative was detrimental to achieving success, hence the VET Toolbox, which made available the much needed expertise and practical advice to partnering countries.
VET policies such as labour market intelligence, private sector engagement and support would ensure the inclusiveness of disadvantaged and vulnerable groups for the total development of the workforce., he said.