Ghana: KNUAT and DTI sign Memorandum of Understanding to equip young people… with manufacturing skills

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The Design and Technology Institute (DTI) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) to help train and equip young people with precision manufacturing skills.

The MoU aims to strengthen the implementation of the Precision Quality (PQ) program aimed at producing excellent professionals in the technical and vocational education and training (TVET) space.

DTI Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Ms. Constance E. Swaniker, said the agreement is part of the institute’s collaborative strategy to work with stakeholders to “transform TVET livelihoods young people in sustainable jobs”.

The project, she said, was in partnership with MasterCard Foundations’ “Young Africa Work strategy”, which aimed to recruit and train 1,000 young people in precision manufacturing and work readiness to improve job skills and the practices of 500 master craftsmen and 1000 small and medium-sized ones. Companies through the PQ training program.

Explaining the PQ training programme, Ms Swaniker said it had been developed by industry players and certified by the Commission for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (CTVET) for introduction into the university studies of technical universities.

“This is a major milestone that will help nurture learners who will develop innovative solutions to propel the country into the fourth industrial revolution that is currently taking place in the world,” she added.

She reiterated that the role of DTI as a private sector institution was to provide the necessary support to public institutions, such as KNUST, to train the next generation of workforce to meet market needs, and urged the university to ensure seamless integration of the PQ curriculum into their academic calendar.

“The initiative will bridge the gap between academia and the world of work by examining the rapid growth and changing trends in the industry. I therefore encourage institutions to position themselves to embrace the new trends,” said Mrs Swaniker.

The Vice Chancellor of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Prof. Ellis Owusu-Dabo said the university has embraced the collaboration and is committed to providing the necessary support to ensure the successful implementation of the program.

“As an institution, we are delighted with this agreement as it is an additional step in our curriculum which will go a long way towards enabling the acquisition of additional skills for students,” he said. declared.

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