The Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (COTVET), is a national body set up by an Act of Parliament of the Republic of Ghana (Act 718 of 2006) to coordinate and oversee all aspects of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in the country. It is also to formulate national policies on skills development across pre-tertiary and tertiary levels of education, in both the formal and informal sectors.
COTVET is the REGULATOR of the TVET sector
As part of the “Strategic Plan for TVET Transformation 2018-2022”, the Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (COTVET) aims to improve the participation of the industry in the TVET training system, by the establishment of sector skills bodies(SSB) to advise and participate in the training regime.
The Sector Skills Bodies (SSBs) are advisory councils that seek to support the Ghanaian government’s TVET strategy to build a skills system that produces a demand-driven, robust labour market and skills intelligence.
My election to this role of Chairwoman of the board mean I will be leading the board in its duties to:
- Advocate for government and other incentives to encourage industry to invest in skills development and TVET.
- Make recommendations to COTVET to ensure that qualifications, curriculum and learning materials reflect the occupational standards and that learning materials are also widely accessible.
- Advocate and facilitate greater linkages between skills attainment, professional standards, payment regimes and the TVET system.
- Produce demand-driven, robust labour market and skills intelligence.
- Outline career pathways, develop occupational standards and assessment.
- Develop sector skills strategies, including funding recommendations and the formationof Public and Private Partnerships (PPPs) and feed into national and regional TVET strategies.
- Facilitate initial training of young people and skills upgrading for existing workers,through apprenticeships, internships, mentorships and other work-based development programmes.
I am grateful and look forward to working hand in hand with the rest of the board for the task at hand.