By Thomas Darko, GNA
Tema, Sept. 3, GNA – Global Training Institute (GTI) has held a graduation ceremony to outdoor students who have successfully completed three years of training in the Institute.
The event, which is the 22nd since the founding of the institute, opened the door to the world of work for the 29 persons who have trained in catering, dressmaking, fashion designing, cake decoration, floral and balloon decoration.
Speaking at the ceremony, the Chairperson for the occasion, Mr. Evans Awuye, said vocational and technical experts were indispensable in all spheres of life.
Speaking on the theme: “Economic Empowerment through vocational and employable skills”, Mr Awuye urged the Ministry of Education to work out a budget distribution formulae that would ensure equity to all sectors.
He added that, “If we perpetuate the present lopsided promotion of academic and professional programmes which are accessed by children from privileged and less deprived families, we may unwittingly be encouraging the creation of a class society with potential dire consequences someday.”
He said it was critical that GTI “give trainees the right types of training needed to enable them provide satisfactory services to society.’
Mr. Awuye noted that badly trained hired decorators and caterers were a source of financial and emotional worry in homes, offices and factories.
Mrs. Elizabeth Tagoe, the Managing Proprietor, GTI, revealed that the institute had a competency based mode of training in all its modules to achieve competency and employable skills.
According to her, the various programmes done by the Institution had been structured uniquely in such a way that “they enable the students to gain employment or start-up income generating projects immediately after completion.”
Mrs. Tagoe gave the assurance that the skills they had acquired could help them set up their own businesses, gain employment or further their education at the universities and polytechnics.
The Managing Proprietor said, though the institution had chalked some successes in its 22 years of existence, it was saddled with problems of inadequate building facilities to accommodate the students and appealed to government and well-meaning Ghanaians to help the school in its infrastructural development.
She advised parents not to discourage their wards who opt for vocational and technical training.
The Global Training Institute initially aimed at giving training to young women and men in catering and dressmaking and designing in order to contribute to Economic development and empowerment, and in fulfillment of God’s kingdom purpose.
Global Training Institute which became a formal vocational training Institution in 1997, is registered with National Vocational Training Institute (NVTI) and a member of Ghana National Association of Private Vocational Training and Technical Institute in Greater Accra Region.
The 29 graduates were presented with NVTI certificates, Global training certificates and other items to help them walk their career paths