GEA holds skills validation forum
GEA organized a skills validation forum, on 5th July, 2017, to validate the Skills Development Survey conducted to reveal the skills dynamics in the Ghanaian Labour Market. The forum was held at the African Regent Hotel, and was attended by officials from devise walks of life. Participants were invited from Academia, Development Planning Authorities, Organized Labour, Private and Public Business Organizations, the Ministry of Employment and Labour relations, International Organizations, and other governmental organizations as well as the media. In all, fifty-seven (57) people participated in the forum.
The forum was chaired by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of GEA, with special guests from the International Labour Organization (ILO) and Dutch Employers Cooperation Programme (DECP) as well as the Treasurer of GEA, Mrs. Victoria Hajar. The programme was organized into two sections. The first section involved the presentation of the survey findings whilst the second section opened the floor for questions, answers and discussions of the findings. The forum ended with policy recommendations that touched on the following:
- Employers must pay a premium on skills that are in short supply to incentivize people to be trained in such areas.
- Government through the educational and academic institutions should design practical fields in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects to equip the labour force with the cognitive and innovative skills required by industry.
- Trade unions must train their members to imbibe communications skills. This involves writing skills and oral communication skills.
- The National Service System currently practiced in Ghana must be reviewed to ensure that service persons are posted to institutions that build the skills embedded in the background courses of service personnel.
- Employers should design efficient internship policies to give opportunities to students.