8 February 2013

Gambia: Trade Fair Participants Sensitised

As part of the 6th Edition of the Trade Fair Gambia (TFG) organised by the Gambia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) in collaboration with their partners, the officials of the National Training Authority (NTA) Wednesday sensitised business owners and participants about their activities as related to businesses and industries in The Gambia. The sensitisation forum was held at the trade fair grounds in Bakau.

Edmond Shonubi, the public relations info service at the NTA, explained that the Authority was established with the mandate to license, supervise, and monitortechnical vocational education in order to ensure good provision of quality training. Shonubi further explained that their activities involve policy planning, information and communication, labour market information system, registration and accreditation and development of curriculum with good assessment and certification.

On NTA's achievements, Shonubi said his institution has been able to develop the Gambian skills qualification framework, with survey and mapping studies also conducted. He added that NTA has also been able to develop and validate standards and qualifications in key sectors of the economy. According to him, their challenges remain with private sector participation and enterprises acceptance of students on internship as well as partnership with donor agencies or international organisations.

For his part, Almamy Kinteh, the Standards and Qualification Development manager at NTA, explained in detail the development of curriculum from standards, saying 24 curriculum panels were formed in 19 priority areas of occupation. He listed among their projects, the Spanish government support to skills development and training, GTTI workshops, Gambia Hotel School, Gambia TVET/Taiwan ICDF, and construction of Ndembalan Skills Centre.

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