Flexible skills development in Africa

Through engagement with Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) ministries and regulatory agencies, the number of INVEST Africa partners scaled up from 13 in 2015 to 112 by 2018. Institutional partners have reached an additional 30,000+ learners through flexible approaches and blended classroom models.

One flexible approach is short, informal programmes in response to community needs, for example, Korforidua’s Technical University’s (KTU) business programme for artisans.

Mary is a 33-year-old hairdresser who gained money management and customer service skills through attending the artisan training at KTU. “Before the training, I used to purchase things that I did not need. I would spend my money on unnecessary items. But now I plan my purchases. I only buy what I need. My savings have improved because of the way I am managing my money,” said Mary. She has a total of 20 apprentices that she will train over two and a half years, after which they will be certified by the artisan authority and be able to work on their own.

Joseph, a 56-year-old tailor, reports that the KTU training changed his work ethic and interaction with clients and apprentices. “Now we interact with our customers differently. We keep our promises to our clients. When we tell them to come a certain day and time, we make sure that their outfit is ready,” said Joseph. “I have shared the things I learnt from the training with my three apprentices. Like how to come to work on time, maintain a clean work environment and their own appearance.”