“The year 2013 saw a considerable improvement in the delivery of strategic programmes the authority tasked itself to implement during the period. Amond them were activities focused on continuous monitoring of training providers in the delivery of quality TVET programmes, Acting Director General Edrissa Kolley while presenting the institution’s report for 2013 said.
He said the authority was able to open up access to young people who would otherwise have been forgotten to acquire skills through apprenticeship programmes.
“As the TVET landscape in The Gambia is undergoing dramatic transformation in terms of responding to the needs of national development goals, the board would continue to strengthen NTA in the drive to develop, promote and expand new strategies for skills development and the expansion of the apprenticeship programmes to enable young people access to training in their livelihood skills. This gradual but focused process requires the participation of different stakeholders and begs for the support and commitment of all including the National Assembly.
“It must be recognised that the achievements in 2013 are the results of the totality of commitment, hard work, and dedication of funding institutions such as the UNDP, Ecowas-Spain Fund Development through the Ministry of Trade, Regional Integration and Employment. The board believes that encouraging increased participation of the young in relevant vocational skills training activities is the most valuable route of youth employment by creating opportunities for employability and enhanced livelihood.”]]>