By: Evans Attah Akangla| ignewss| Ho
Ho Technical Institute has held its maiden graduation for 20 students who have successfully completed their Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) at the school.
The graduands acquired and were equipped with both technical and vocational courses in Fashion and Designs, Hospitality, Carpentry and Building and Construction for three (3) years
In its 39th year, Ho Technical Institute was originally established in 1984 as a Social Welfare Vocational Training Centre to cater for the vocational and technical needs of all and sundry to ensure and promote self-reliant, self- sufficient and to have a decent livelihood.
Addressing the maiden graduation event at the school’s campus on Saturday, Madam Perfect Aku Fiakwodzo,the Deputy Regional Director Ghana TVET Service, Volta region commended the Principal, Management, the Parent and Teacher Association (PTA), the staff and the entire student body for organizing the ceremony.
According to her, TVET plays a pivotal role in empowering individuals with valuable practical skills and knowledge acquired which are directly applicable to the workforce by using technological advancements in a dynamic job market.
She told the graduates that they are the backbone of the country’s development and that their experience in technical and vocational education and training (TVET) programs has given them the knowledge, skills, and expertise necessary to significantly contribute to the nation’s growth and development.
The Deputy Director stressed that access to quality Technical Vocational Education Training promotes social inclusion, equity and also breaks the cycle of poverty since it provides opportunities for individuals from diverse backgrounds to access quality education and gain marketable, practical and employability skills.
“Technical Vocational Education Training also reduces income inequality, poverty rates and ensures the socio-economic development” she added.
The Principal of Ho Technical institute, Mr. Justice Arthur, said the school provides skills training in Fashion designing technology, hospitality and catering management, Electrical Engineering technology, Building Construction technology and Wood Construction Technology.
As part of the government’s new social integration policy, he mentioned that the institution trains graduates from senior and junior high schools, people with little to no formal education, and other tradesmen and women.
The institution’s three-year program leading to the National Board for Professional and Technician Examinations (NABPTEX) and National Veterans’ Training Institute (NVTI) Trade Test was also mentioned by the institution’s principal in his address.
The NVTI certificate according to him, qualifies one to complete a diploma and have access to courses at the technical university before moving on to complete a higher national diploma, in contrast to the NABTEX certificate which qualifies one to pursue further studies at the technical university.
The principal encouraged parents to choose Technical and Vocational Education Training for their wards in these modern educational systems to enhance and create more industrialized chances and working opportunities to them after completion in regard to many high-demand jobs in a variety of industries that requires technical and vocational education and training.
“In addition to providing relevant skills, TVET also offers a more practical hands-on approach to learning that can be particularly appealing to students. Rather than spending years in a classroom learning theory, TVET students have the opportunity to learn through doing, by working on real world project and gaining hands-on experience in their chosen fields. “he said