The training of trainers (TOT) exercise, held in Monrovia with 20 participants as beneficiaries, was conducted by three facilitators from Germany, South Africa and Namibia covering eight subjects: Pedagogy, Andragogy and Didactics; Planning and Scheduling; Competency Based Education and Training (CBET) and CBET Assessment.
Others are Assessors, Moderators, Verifiers, Assessment Item Designers – theoretical and practical; Technical Drawings; Civil Construction Drawings and Basic Firefighting.
“The purpose of the training is to create a pool of trainers for the Gateway Vocational Training Center in Road Maintenance and Construction (RMCT), Electrical and Solar Installations (ESI), and Plumbing and Pipe-fitting (PPFR).
Out of the pool, four trainers (2 for electrical and solar installations and 2 for plumbing and pipe-fitting) will be recruited in January 2023. The remaining participants will be kept in the pool for possible recruitment whenever the need arises,” said Abraham W. Wowah, Acting Center Manager of GVTC.
To ensure transparency, the participants were recruited following newspaper adverts, radio announcements, and a publication on the Liberian Executive Mansion website.
Speaking at the ToT closing program on Monday, November 14, 2022, Mr. Johann Lieberish, Project of the GIZ Capacity Development for the Transport Sector (CDTS), expressed excitement for a job “well done” by the facilitators during the course of the training cycle.
With the training now come and gone, Lieberich disclosed that another training cycle is being earmarked for next year for the participants.
“Congratulations to all of you for the job well done. You have exceedingly done well. You have proven to be competent in the different areas, and so we are planning to bring some of these trainings back for next year for refresher and to train you on additional contents that will make you certified assessors,” the GIZ CDTS Project Director added.
In another remark, a member of the Board of Directors of GVTC, Madam Kimberlyn Turay, called on the participants to take the acquired knowledge very seriously.
“What you have learned here today you need to take it very seriously, because this is the time that we (Liberians) have to make our country better” she noted.
Also speaking, at the occasion, European Union (EU)representative Torni Jyrki, stressed the urgent need for change in the repetition of technical, vocational education and training (TVET) so that it contributes significantly to the overall development of the country.
He promised EU’s support to Liberia’s TVET sector because the area has the potential to create jobs that will foster the growth and development of the country.
“The world is changing – professional plumbers could make more money than a person with an academic degree. The society needs everything to grow,” the EU official pointed out as he lauded the participants for their commitment to the growth process.
Meanwhile, a representative of the participants, David W. Williams, thanked GVTC and partners for the training opportunity provided. He urged fellow beneficiaries to make proper use of the knowledge acquired.