The Design & Technology Institute (DTI), Ghana’s first accredited private TVET institution has seen an astronomical rise in demand for places from students across all spectra including university graduates.
Speaking at the 3rd Graduation Ceremony of DTI, Miss Constance Swaniker, Founder and CEO of DTI expressed delight at the uptake of CTVET courses by students out of choice indicating the improving profile of TVET education in Ghana. “Fee-paying students, including some university students, are choosing DTI out of choice because of the dual TVET system we operate and the skills we impart”, Miss Swaniker emphasised.
Starting with an initial cohort of 32 learners in 2019, DTI now has 227 learners which is more than its current campus can comfortably accommodate. “As a result of the astronomical rise in numbers, I am pleased to inform you that DTI is moving from its current 1-acre campus to a 10-acre campus at Berekuso, opposite Ashesi University” Miss Swaniker announced at the graduation to great applause. This expansion has been made possible by funding from the African Union Development Agency (AUDA), the Skills Initiative for Africa and the German Bank KfW who have provided funding support of almost 3 million Euros for the DTI expansion campus.
Miss Swaniker expressed profound gratitude to the Mastercard Foundation whose support has enabled over 90% of students including females and the vulnerable to obtain scholarships to attend DTI.
DTI’s vision is to transform youth TVET livelihoods across West Africa and change the negative perception of TVET and promote the use of PrecisionQuality in industry. “At the DTI, we believe that technical and vocational education and training hold the key to unlocking the potential of young men and women by providing them with the necessary skills to unleash their abundant potential, thereby creating jobs and improving livelihoods,” she continued.
DTI offered only one course in 2019 – Precision Welding and Fabrication but is now running three programmes namely Precision Welding and Fabrication, Design Innovation, and Entrepreneurship. Ms Swaniker added at the graduation which saw 110 learners graduate after pursuing an 18-month certificate programme in Precision Fabrication, Design Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
The DTI curriculum which is hugely popular was developed by industry professionals and certified by the Commission for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (CTVET) to ensure that it addresses the industry’s skills gap. DTI is also collaborating with Reach for Change on the development of an industry-driven entrepreneurship curriculum.
Mr Bernard Kafui Sokpe, Co-Founder of Brandmeister and the ceremony’s keynote speaker, advised the graduates to see failure and setbacks as necessary ingredients for life’s evolution. “Setbacks toughen you, while failure teaches you life lessons.” I can assure you that success is not easy out there, and the skills you acquired at the Design & Technology Institute (DTI) are required to make the world a better place.”
He urged the graduates not to abandon their training, but rather to combine soft and hard skills in order to evolve. “In order to strengthen your mindset for success, my two A’s for success in the workplace are adaptability and accountability,” he added.
He concluded by calling on the graduates to brace themselves for the world out there as well as the realities of life.
Matilda Adu Adjei who was adjudged the overall best learner, recalled the long and often difficult journey that had brought them to their graduation day and thanked the Institute’s faculty, and staff, as well as the graduating class’s families, for their support.
DTI is an all-inclusive and gender-friendly institute with a 30% female admission rate per cohort. This is the Institute’s commitment to championing gender equality in TVET in order to ensure the youth’s long-term livelihood.
After successfully completing their programme, learners are carefully transitioned into various industries as part of DTI’s six-month Workplace Experience Learning (WEL) programme. Out of the 110 students, 83 have gone on to work in various industries. 27 of them have since enrolled in DTI’s certificate 2 programme.