Some members from the Ghana Electrical Contractors Association (GECA), numbering 20, have undergone a 5-day Training of Trainers at the Amatrol Laboratory at Accra Technical University.
The workshop which commenced on Monday, October 5, 2020, and ended on Friday, October 9, 2020, is an Accra Technical University initiative under the benevolence of the Skills Development Fund (SDF) to implement a blended face-to-face and online teaching to enhance Programmable Logic Controllers Technician (PLC) training with top-notch electrical technicians from GECA as facilitators.
Gracing the occasion was the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Samuel Nii Odai, who in his keynote address at the opening ceremony re-echoed how instrumental electricity is in modern times and as such the indispensability of electricians in our lives. According to him, the training in line with the purpose for which the University was built to bridge the skill gap in the nation and to spur the nation from a middle income to a higher one. He made a proposition that workshops of such nature be transferred to other sectors of life.
Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Amevi Akapovi, expressed the University’s indebtedness to the Skills Development Fund for giving them a shot in the arm in the form of grant in actualizing the idea of the workshop conceived by the leadership of the University. He urged participants to capitalise on the rare opportunity to add more value to themselves and the benefit of the society holistically.
The Vice President for GECA, Mr. Forson Essilfie, in his closing remarks showed appreciation to the University for the opportunity given them to broaden their scope of knowledge about the work they do and to the facilitators for their commitment during the training. Mr. Forson asked for an opportunity from SDF and the University to train more GECA members in other training workshops.
The five-day training is part of the University’s project which encompasses a thoroughly developed Competency-based Training (CBT) Curriculum to handle PLC training in Ghana, an online learning management system for PLC training and establishment of a modern laboratory to run PLC training. Participants in addition to the training will receive certificates in acknowledgement of their participation.