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The Accra Technical Training Centre (ATTC) in collaboration with the Ghana Skills Development Initiative (GSDI) has organized a one-day programme to increase interest in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) especially among Junior High School (JHS) pupils. The German Embassy also donated twenty sets of furniture to equip the newly-revived garment department at the school. This event is in line with the school’s 50th Anniversary.

ATTC is one of the schools which has benefited from GSDI’s training programmes since its inception in 2012. School management, departmental heads, and facilitators have been trained in technical, pedagogical, and managerial skills to implement the newly developed Competency Based Training (CBT) programmes for master craftspersons, workers and apprentices of the informal sector.

After a round tour to visit the demonstrational trainings at the workshops, a set of chairs and tables were handed over to the ATTC principal as a donation to the garment department. “The furniture is an important precondition to reopen the department and offer garment courses to the beneficiaries” the principal stated. The tables and chairs were manufactured by students of the furniture works department of the school as part of their practical training. “This demonstrates that the skills students acquire are highly demanded and enable them to make a living.” the German Ambassador explained.

The event which is titled ‘My future in my hands - Skills development at ATTC’ was in line with the school’s plan to set aside a day for students to go through demonstrational training to build their capacity in technical skills as part of its 50th Anniversary celebration. 200 pupils from 10 surrounding JHS attended the event and tried out practical training exercises in welding, garment, electronics and automotive. The aim of the programme is to promote the image of TVET and to build up the interest of students in technical training.