The Design and Technology Institute (DTI) has upgraded and handed over an ultra-modern TVET workshop equipped with state-of-the-art precision equipment to the Takoradi Technical University (TTU) in order to meet industry standards.
During the handing over ceremony which took place on November 3, 2021 at the TTU campus, DTI also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with TTU to strengthen the implementation of the Precision Quality (PQ) training programme towards improving Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in Ghana.
Speaking at the event, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Founder of DTI, Ms. Constance Elizabeth Swaniker stated that the PQ curriculum will help position and equip young people with the requisite skills to create value and secure better jobs in the future.
“We have been working with the TTU faculty on what we call the precision quality mind-set shift for some time now. The signing of the MoU is the beginning of a movement. The handing over of the curriculum to the University is therefore a major step to ensuring that we maintain the same level of standards in TVET education delivery across the country.”
“At DTI, we are on a journey to work with stakeholders to nurture and develop the next generation of human capital to champion Ghana’s economic growth by adhering to industry standards”, Ms Swaniker said.
Hon. Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah, Western Regional Minister, who was the guest of honour welcomed DTI to the region and urged the University to leverage the partnership to train the next generation of human capital for the country.
“We always complain that when we train the young ones, they are not industry ready. This MoU will ensure students are industry ready. The partnership with the Design and Technology Institute is the needed game changer for the youth who are undergoing training at the University. It is my hope that this will unlock the needed skills for the myriad of private sector companies to create wealth for Ghana, ” Hon. Darko-Mensah disclosed.
The Vice Chancellor of Takoradi Technical University, Rev. Prof. Frank Eshun, who was very happy about the collaboration with DTI, said the MoU will go a long to address issues of Precision Quality facing artisans and manufacturers in Ghana.
“I will like to assure you that TTU will adopt a positive maintenance culture to maintain this facility and equipment which has been handed over to us. In fact, TTU takes this Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) as a critical component of our vision to become a Centre of excellence in technical and vocational education both in Ghana and Sub-Saharan Africa. I have a strong conviction that this MoU will go a long way to address issues of Precision Quality facing industry today so far as international quality standards are concerned. I also believe this partnership will offer job opportunities to our students and make them competitive in the world of work,” he added.
Trained Academic Scale Advisors (ASA) and instructors will train the students extensively in Precision Quality to ensure they gain relevant industry skills and adhere to global industry standards when they graduate to enter the world of work.
The PQ curriculum consists of five training modules namely, Change to Grow, Process Integration, People and Team Development, Health and Safety in the Workplace and Managing Quality and Customer Relations.
About the Precision Quality Programme
It can be recalled that on February 11, 2021, DTI introduced the Precision Quality (PQ) programme to policy makers, Academia and key industry players at a conference in Accra. At the conference, stakeholders agreed that Precision Quality will be key to enhancing the skills and work of master craft persons and artisans to meet global industry standards.
A Training of Trainers (ToT) workshop was also organized from 29th March to 2nd April for 12 Academic and Business Scale Advisors from Ho, Kumasi and Accra. The workshop equipped participants with the requisite knowledge and skills in Precision Quality ahead of the PQ training programme to Mastercraft Persons, SMEs, and Students in selected TVET University.
Ho Technical University later signed an MoU with DTI on 29th April, 2021 to serve as the first model and demonstration centre to implement the Precision Quality curriculum. The University has since then embedded the curriculum into the academic studies.
DTI in fulfilling its commitment to the partnership with the Mastercard Foundation, has unveiled Takoradi Technical University as the second model and demonstration centre to roll-out the implementation of the Precision Quality programme. This initiative will be scaled-up to other TVET institutions in the coming years.
The PQ training programme was developed by industry players and certified by the Commission for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (CTVET) for introduction into the academic studies of technical Universities.