Accra, Ghana – June 21, 2023 – The Design & Technology Institute will host the 4th annual National Precision Quality Conference on Friday, June 30, 2023, at the Labadi Beach Hotel in Accra, Ghana. The conference is under the auspices of the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations, the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC), and the Commission for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (CTVET) in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation.

The conference aims to highlight the critical role of precision quality in providing the skills and mindsets needed to produce and deliver high-quality goods and services.

The theme for this year’s conference is “Labour market information systems to galvanize job creation and strengthen collaboration among stakeholders.” The conference will bring together industry, academia, and other stakeholders to collaborate on the development of skills and the promotion of precision quality. The conference will showcase practical examples of precision quality in the public, private, and informal sectors. These examples will be used to make a case for strong partnerships between training institutions, relevant organizations, and industry stakeholders. The conference will also discuss the School of International and Public Affairs of Columbia University (SIPA) report on the establishment of an alternative, dynamic, and user-friendly Labour Market Information System (LMIS). The LMIS will complement the government of Ghana's strategy to produce a world-class workforce by building a demand-driven, robust labour market and skills intelligence system.

The 2023 Precision Quality Conference has speakers such as the Greater Accra Market Association's President and Business Executive, Madam Mercy Afrowa Needjan. It also features experts, including Dr Kodjo Mensah-Abrampa –, Director General of NDPC, Prof Ben Honyenuga – Vice Chancellor Ho Technical University, Linda Ampah – Founder and CEO of Cadling Fashions and KAD Manufacturing Ltd, Gideon Bidor – Artisans Association of Ghana (AAG), Dr Kwabena Nyarko Otoo – Director of Research and Policy at TUC and Mr Amoako Bonti Kakra Asante – MIS Specialist Consultant.

The annual PQ conference is part of a three-year “Transforming youth TVET livelihoods for sustainable jobs’’ partnership between DTI and the Mastercard Foundation under the ‘Young Africa Works‘ project, which aims to create 40,000 direct and indirect work opportunities for young people in the country.

The conference is strictly by invitation. It will, however, be streamed live on DTI’s Facebook page.

“We are excited to host this year’s Precision Quality Conference,” said Ms Constance Swaniker, Founder and CEO of DTI. “This conference is an important platform to discuss the role of labour market information systems in job creation and economic growth. We believe collaboration among stakeholders in the private and public sectors can create a prosperous future for all Ghanaians.”

“The theme of this year’s conference is significant in light of the current economic challenges facing Ghana,” she said. “By better understanding the labour market, we can identify where there are skills shortages and opportunities to create new jobs. This information can help us to develop policies, and plan education and training that support job creation and economic growth.”

“DTI is committed to providing high-quality technical and vocational education and training that meets the needs of the labour market,” said Ms Swaniker. “We believe that this conference will help us better understand the labour market so as to offer better training programmes that meet the needs of employers.”

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