In 2018, the Government of Ghana, in collaboration with the Commission for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (CTVET), initiated the Ghana TVET Voucher Project (GTVP), a groundbreaking endeavor that has significantly impacted vocational education in the country.
Under GTVP, over 19,000 individuals, including master craft persons and apprentices, have received specialized training in various skill areas such as automotive repairs, cosmetology, welding, and electrical installation. Head of Corporate Affairs for CTVET, Albert Opare, revealed that 73% of the beneficiaries are females, showcasing the project’s commitment to gender inclusivity.
Funded by the Ghanaian-German Financial Development Cooperation, with contributions from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, GTVP issues demand-driven training vouchers for competency-based courses in CTVET-accredited institutions. The successful implementation has led to an encouraging 73% female participation rate.
One of the remarkable achievements of GTVP is its positive impact on the TVET system in Ghana. The project has prompted numerous training institutions to register with CTVET, aiming for official accreditation for competency-based training.
Additionally, trade associations and informal sector training providers have been inspired to register with CTVET, contributing to the modernization of the traditional apprenticeship system.
The success of GTVP has not gone unnoticed, as the government secured additional funding of $60 million from the World Bank and 40 million Euros from the German Government through KFW Bank.
This funding aims to train at least 50,000 more beneficiaries over the next five years, highlighting the commitment to furthering vocational education in Ghana.
In conclusion, the Ghana TVET Voucher Project stands as a testament to the positive transformation possible through strategic partnerships and targeted investments in vocational education.
The project has not only empowered thousands with valuable skills but has also strengthened CTVET as the regulatory body for TVET in Ghana.