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Technical Education a key to bridging the skills gap

Last week the Ambassador, Tove Degnbol was the Special Guest of Honour at the graduation ceremony for bricklayers from Green Sun Villas Technical School, owned by the Danish Real Estate Company, Green Sun Villas (GSV). The graduation, which was hosted by the Mayor of Accra, Hon Adjei Sowah at the Kinbu gardens, also formed part of the commissioning of the public brick benches, which were constructed by the graduates. The graduates went through 2 years of practical and theoretical training.
The Ambassador re-emphasised the importance of technical education in bridging the skills gap. “In Denmark, high prominence is placed on TVET, which maybe one of the reasons why Denmark is known for high quality, high niche production. A bricklayer for instance in Demark would typically go through four years skills training in order to deliver the highest quality. I am happy that Green Sun Villas is helping transfer some of these skills to Ghanaian youth”. Denmark in collaboration with the Government has been supporting the skills development through the Skills Development Fund since 2012.
The Director of Green Sun Villa, Tore who was the principal instructor for the graduating class entreated the graduates to aim for excellence. “Business comes first and the money will follow”. 
The president of the brick and tile manufacturers association encouraged Ghanaians to use bricks for its cost effectiveness. He mentioned that with collaboration with the GSV, Building and Road Research Institute and the Ghana Standard’s authority, the Association is well positioned to supply bricks to the construction sector.
The occasion was also graced by key stakeholders from the Build and Road Research institute, Brick and Tiles Manufacturers Association, Ghana Institute of Architects among several others.


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