Relevance of vocational training programme for persons with disabilities in the Ashanti Region of Ghana
Providing employment for persons with disabilities is very important because it provides opportunities for self-sufficiency and improvement in their living condition. The aim of vocational training for persons with disabilities is to enable them to acquire skills that are relevant to the current labour market demands. This study investigated the relevance of vocational training programmes at three vocational training centers in the Ashanti Region of Ghana to persons with disabilities. A mixed methods design was used to assess the relevance of vocational training programme at the three vocational training centers. A total of 118 participants participated in the study. They consisted of 108 past trainees who took part in the survey, and three directors and seven institutors who participated in in-depth interviews. The findings indicated that the vocational training programmes were not all that relevant to the employment needs of many of the graduates although some of the graduates had benefited immensely from the training. The findings are an indication of the need to restructure vocational training programmes in Ghana to make them more relevant to the employment needs of all trainees.
JOURNAL OF DISABILITY STUDIES
Employment,, persons with disabilities, Ghana, , vocational training
J. Disability Stud. 2015, 1(2), 69-76