|The Gambia Skills Qualifications Framework|
|Written by John O'Sullivan|
|Thursday, 21 December 2006 00:00|
Like so many African countries, The Gambia needs a well-trained indigenous workforce to deliver modern services and lessen the country's dependence on external resources and the donor community. For most of 2006 I was part of the EU-funded team working in The Gambia to design and implement a new skills framework for the National Training Authority.
Under the banner "Making Skills Work" The Gambia Skills Qualifications Framework (GSQF) is designed to be Relevant - attuned to local labour market needs - Affordable - in the context of Gambian incomes - and Open to all, even those with a poor educational background.
The Framework covers skills in Agriculture and Nature Conservations, Business and Commerce, Culture, Arts and Crafts, Education and Training, Engineering and Manufacturing, Fashion and Fabrics, Health and Social Services, Hospitality, Information and Communications Technology, Petroleum, Planning and Construction and other Services - to deliver key workplace skills of Literacy, Numeracy, IT, English communication and Entrepreneurship.
This project has really tested our team - stripped to the bone our previous notions and assumptions based on our experience of training norms in rich economies. We have been engaged in training needs at their most fundamental - and it has been both a sobering and an illuminating experience. The Gambia is very much a young nation - over 50% of the population are young people - and technical training and vocational education is right at the heart of creating a vibrant and successful economy.
For more information please visit www.nta.gm