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GSDI Team Photo 2019


The Ghana Skills Development Initiative (GSDI) is a project assisted by the German Government via the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit, GIZ GmbH, and implemented in cooperation with the Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (COTVET).


  • pursues the objective of providing demand-driven training to the target group of job-seeking youth, apprentices, workers and owners of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) especially in the informal and agricultural sector.
  • supports COTVET’s innovative approach to introduce competency-based training (CBT) standards and collaborative training models that combine both workplace-based training and school-based training modules at selected TVET providers.
  • specifically seeks to improve the quality of the traditional apprenticeship system and, therefore, to enhance skills and qualifications.


GSDI III follows the well-established multi-level approach within four intervention areas:

  • Improvement of the framework conditions and support to TVET policy coordination
  • Strengthening of local business actors in TVET
  • Expansion of CBT approaches
  • Implementation of the developed courses


GSDI III is implemented in the following regions:

  • Greater Accra Region
  • Northern Region
  • Volta Region
  • Ashanti Region
  • Eastern Region
  • Western Region


GSDI’s supported trade areas so far are:

  • Electronics
  • Automotive
  • Garment Making
  • Cosmetology
  • Welding
  • Block Laying and Tiling
  • Electrical Installation
  • Furniture Works
  • Agriculture