Open doors to students on internship, industry players told  

Accra, Sept. 15, GNA - Madam Constance Elizabeth Swaniker, Chief Executive Officer of the Design and Technology Institute (DTI), has urged industry players to open their doors to students, who intend to do internship from their organization.

She said this would enable the students acquire the requisite skills and training the industry needs.

Madam Swaniker was speaking at the closing ceremony of its Summer Precision Internship Programme maiden edition for 2021 held in Accra.

The programme comprised students from Ho Technical University (HTU) and Takoradi Technical University (TTU), and it was aimed at exposing them to industry experience.

The programme this year is made up of 113 students with 44 males and 69 females drawn from the Mechanical Engineering Department and Fashion and Design department of the schools.

She said the summer precision internship programme was a step for the students as they transitioned into the world of work.

Madam Swaniker encouraged the students to put into good use the various skills they had learned from the programme and also inculcate it to their colleagues back in their respective Universities.

She said the world of work demands discipline, resilience commitment and hard work to achieve excellent results.

Mr Mubarak Ahmed, the Industry and Workplace Coordinator of DTI Summer Precision Progamme, said the programme was an industrial attachment training that brings together students from various TVET institutions to undertake a one to three month.

He said it was to expose the students to industry experience in the bit to breach the gap between and industry.

Mr Ahmed said the interns for the 2021-year programme was taken through a one-month intensive training in different areas and categories of the programme.

He said the areas the students were trained included training in a light version of the welding and fabrication of DTI.

“We also inculcated in them soft skills such as discipline, resilient, team work among other, which were deem relevant in the world of work,” he added.
Mr Ahmed said they also instilled in the students the spirit of entrepreneurship to enable them set up their own companies once they transitioned out of the school.

He said the Technical and Vocational skills were required for Ghana to be able to compete in the international market as the country was moving towards industrialisation.

The Co-ordinator called on all the Technical and Vocational Training Institution to focus more on the practical side of the technical training rather than concentrating on the theoretical part of the training, which only equipped the students with the knowledge without practical experience to be able to succeed in the world of work.

Mr Mark Awudey, a Mechanical Engineering Student from TTU, commended management of DTI for the internship programme, adding that the programme had really had impact on his problem-solving abilities.

He said the programme had broaden his horizon on providing solutions to challenges in the Ghanaian communities.

Ms Lea Nueva Ontchangalt, a Mechanical Production Student from HTU, said the internship course provided her with a hands-on skills and knowledge relevant in the world of work.