Ghana Skills Development Initiative (GSDI III)
Between 2012 and 2016, Phase I and II of the Ghana Skills Development Initiative modernized vocational training in the informal sector by upgrading traditional apprenticeship schemes in five sectors. The general objective of the project is to improve the employability of trainees, workers and masters and consequently the employment of qualified labor force in these sectors. The traditional apprenticeship training in the informal sector was reorganized, introducing the Cooperative Apprenticeship Training (CAT) system comprising 80% workplace-based training with the Master Craftsperson (MCP), and 20% training at Institutional Training providers (TP). Framework conditions for competency-based training (CBT) were elaborated, occupational standards, unit specifications, teaching and learning materials developed for National Proficiency level I and II and courses piloted for NP I.
The objective of the new phase is to train the job-seeking youth, apprentices, workers and owners of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) according to labor market needs. The project thus directly builds on the achievements of previous phases while further expanding and up-scaling the approach.