President John Dramani Mahama was at the Ada Technical Institute on Monday, March 7 to cut sod for the construction facilities to boost technical and vocational training across the country.
Under the Development of Skills for Industry Project (DSIP), the construction will benefit 10 technical institutes, two polytechnics and one university namely College of Technology Education, Kumasi.
Speaking at the sod-cutting ceremony, President Mahama said the main aim of the project is “to enhance the quality of technical and vocational education with a view to giving our young people lower and middle level skills in order to prepare them for the world of work”.
He emphasised that the project falls in line with his vision to rebrand technical and vocational training by making it the first option instead of the last resort.
The nationwide project will be undertaken by the government in partnership with the African Development Bank.
While the Bank is contributing $124 million, the government is committing $15 million for the project.
So far, some achievements have been made under the project, the president disclosed at Ada.
About 1,550 students have been awarded bursaries to get formal training while 2,000 have gotten bursaries in the informal sector.
Twnety-five PhD and Masters scholarships have also been awarded faculties to upgrade their capacities.