RECRUITMENT: Ghana Skills Development Fund Job for Grant Intermediaries and External Evaluators
- Reference Nos: CTVET/GSDF/REOA/2022/01 & CTVET/GSDF/REOA/2022/02
- IDA CREDIT No: 67160-CH
The Government of Ghana has received financial support of up to USD 60 million from the International Development Association (IDA) of the World Bank towards the implementation of the Ghana Skills Development Fund (GSDF).
- Provision of Intermediary Services
- Provision of Service as External Evaluator (25No.)
The GSDF is a challenge fund that addresses the skills and Technological needs of enterprises operating in both the formal and informal sectors of the economy of Ghana,
The Fund is a demand-driven response to two of the most critical challenges encountered by the productive sectors in Ghana, namely a qualified and skilled labour force and the acquisition and development of technology towards increased productivity and practical innovations.
The Fund supports initiatives that address the needs for continuous skill upgrading of enterprises, especially the enterprises with high growth potential, as well as women-led and enterprises with a women-dominated workforce and persons living with disabilities (PWD).
GSDF supports various types of training needs and activities of successful applicants in areas including:
- upgrading the skills of employees for productivity improvement and to enable employees to adopt emerging new technologies,
- enabling current employees to earn higher technical and vocational skills qualifications and income.
- upgrading the skills of master crafts persons and self-employed apprentices, enabling existing public and private training providers to develop innovative training content required by the private sector to improve competitiveness,
WINDOW 1: FORMAL SECTOR TRAINING GRANTS
Window 1 will focus on skills development in the formal sector and is expected to focus on higher level skills to be provided by public or private training institutions (who would be identified and certified by CTVET working in collaboration with employer associations) in collaboration either with larger size employers or associations of a group of smaller size employers.
The beneficiary employers and employer associations are expected to be in the lead position to define the content and duration of the training and provide a minimum of 20% of matching funding to the costs, the GSDF will assist the employer to identify an adequate training provider.
WINDOW 2: INFORMAL SECTOR TRAINING GRANTS
Window 2 will focus on the SMEs in the informal sector. Due to the fragmented nature of the MSES and the informal sector, intermediary institutions, such as trade associations of informal sector enterprises, public and private training and business support institutions involved in vocations skills and apprenticeship training, registered co-operatives, and other such groupings, including private training providers and NGOs, will be engaged to identify and coordinate training for the MSES in the informal sector. To increase the cost-efficiency of the support, applications benefitting multiple MSES are encouraged.
WINDOW 3: TRAINING INNOVATION AND GREENING GRANTS
The focus of this window is to develop new innovative models for the delivery of training and new training concepts. However, Funding will be provided to innovative projects with a focus on productivity and competitiveness aligned with national priorities. Funding will focus on innovative proposals that respond to economic demand.
Under this window, GSDF may provide financing to training such as public or private training institutes, higher education institutes, incubators, accelerators, technology centres, or business advisory centres that may not have an explicit linkage with a firm for expenditure on training innovations. Innovative training is defined as training that is not readily available at the time of application.
There are several ways in which training programmes or training concepts can be innovative. Therefore, They may either cater for groups that have not been catered for before, the mode of training may be new in a Ghanaian context, or the actual content of the training may be novel, equipment improvement.
WINDOW 4: GRANTS FOR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Window 4 will focus on private sector growth and productivity improvements through support to firms to introduce new technologies and innovations into their business practices. Then, Technology centers could be existing or new organizations that, on an ongoing and proactive basis, assist firms with the adoption of new technologies or innovations.
Moreover, Technology centers must have an objective of supporting productivity improvements across sectors through technology transfer, diffusion of innovation, quality improvements, and related training. All firms operating within the sector must be equally eligible to use the services of the technology centres.
Also, Each technology centres must demonstrate its capabilities to adapt and transfer appropriate, industry relevant technology and innovations to firms. Thus, Each technology centres should seek to establish linkages with international centres of excellence operating in the same sector to ensure that technology centres function as conduits of the most current and appropriate technologies and innovations to Ghanaian firms.
Applicants to the Ghana Skills Development Fund, especially informal sector enterprises, may seek the assistance of accredited intermediaries to support applicants to prepare their full proposal.
GSDF Unit through the CTVET intends to apply part of the proceeds from the GSDF grant to engage qualified applicants as intermediary service providers for supporting applicants prepare their full proposals, as well as external evaluators to assess the full proposals submitted by the potential grantees.
GSDF Unit through CTVET now invites eligible and qualified service providers to apply in respect of the following services:
- Provision of Intermediary Services (80No.)
- Also, Provision of Service as External Evaluator (25No.)
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