By Adama Tine
At least 20 heads of Technical Vocational Education Training (TVET) last Saturday concluded a five-day training on leadership, finance and administrative management
The capacity building workshop was convened by the National Association of Vocational and Skills Training Institutes (NAVSTI) in collaboration with the International Trade Centre (ITC) and the National Accreditation and Quality Assurance Authority (NAQAA).
The training seeks to facilitate quality delivery of TVET, contribute to market driven programmes, being delivered and facilitate the growth and sustainability of TVET institutions.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Abdoulie Sowe, chairman of NAVSTI, explained that the training was also meant to capacitate institution heads.
According to him, they observed that most institution heads are experts in their fields but not in areas outside their field.
Therefore, he underscored the importance of acquiring skills in finance, leadership and management as these are relevant skills needed to run institutions.
“If you capacitate heads of training institutions, you are capacitating their institutions which means you will have better students.” Sowe pointed out.
Dr. Gibril Jaw, Chief Executive Officer of NAQAA, described the centre managers as captains of institutions that should know what leadership is about so that they can lead their institutions very effectively.
“Knowing how to manage people, processes and resources is very important in an institution,” he said.
Chan Mendy, a participant and managing director of Ida’s Ideas Fashion Design Institute, said they have learned a lot of relevant skills that will improve their capacity and knowledge about management.
“I have learned the importance of team work and how to be a great leader which is the most important aspect. The knowledge that I have learned here is what I am going to use to be a better leader and motivate others in my institution,” Chan added.
Almameh Gibba, manager IT studies, Gambia Telecommunications and Multimedia Institute, also a participant, described the training as wonderful, saying it will pay dividends when they go back to their institutions.
The training, he added, has enhanced their skills in management and other areas of importance.