Technical universities were invited to integrate the “Precision Quality (PQ)” training program into their curricula.
Ms Constance Elizabeth Swaniker, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Design and Technology Institute (DTI), said inclusion would further enrich the academic programs of universities, which have been mandated to provide competency-based learning approaches in technical fields.
The PQ training program is designed and developed through a collaborative effort of industry experts.
It has been accredited by the Commission for Technical and Vocational Training (COTVET) to equip young people with the skills demanded by industry to prepare them for fulfilling jobs.
The concept is to enhance the TVET curriculum to revolutionize the work and practical ethics of young people by instilling new skills and attitudes while ensuring strict adherence to industry standards and certification requirements.
It also aims to help TVET facilitators understand the relevance of competency-based learning and appreciate the content of the PQ curriculum.
Ms. Swaniker, who launched the call in Kumasi, during the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between DTI, a Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institution, and the Technical University of Kumasi (KsTU), said the PQ curriculum consisted of five training modules.
The modules are Change to Grow, Process Integration, People and Team Development, Health and Safety in the Workplace and Managing Quality and Customer Relations.
Regarding the MoU, Ms. Swaniker said that “DTI aims to bring industry to the doorstep of KsTU and all other relevant technical institutions.”
She said industry trends are changing rapidly, therefore, there is a need to bridge the gap between academia and industry, adding that it is important for institutions to position themselves to embrace new technology trends.
“We shouldn’t have graduates out of work if they get these deep training skills and competencies,” the CEO said, saying that upon completion of their college programs, graduates should be able to settle down.
She explained that the signing of the agreement was in line with the Institute’s collaborative strategies to implement the policy “Transforming Youth TVET Livelihoods for Sustainable Jobs”.
The policy has a vision to enable some 30 million young people, especially women, to access dignified and fulfilling work opportunities by 2030.
Professor Nana Osei-Wusu Achaw, Vice Chancellor (VC), KsTU, said the University is ready to partner with institutions with similar mandates to provide higher education in engineering-based disciplines, science and technology, technical and vocational education and training, and the applied arts.
Therefore, the management was particularly pleased that the DTI partnered with the KsTU to implement the PQ program.
This is an area in which the University has recently revamped its program to achieve academic excellence, the vice-chancellor said and suggested the collaboration would soon be extended to other departments, including mechanical engineering and those that offer TVET programs.
This, he said, would help students pursuing programs in these disciplines to apply their learning for better results.
He affirmed the desire of the University Management to commit and provide the necessary support to sustain the collaboration between the two institutions.