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Mandate and Status
The Gambia Technical Training Institute was established by an Act of parliament in 1980 to provide training opportunities for the middle and sub-professional levels of the technical and vocational human resource requirements of the country. It began operations in 1983 with the provision of Craft level programmes in a variety of technical and commercial disciplines with qualifications awarded by the City and Guilds of London Institute (CGLI), Royal Society of Arts of (RSA) and Pitman Examination Bodies.
From its inception to date the developments within the Institute have been guided by well thought out development plans and realistic objectives. These developments have been based on the country’s human resource development objectives as enshrined in various government policy documents such as the national five-year development plans, education policies and more specifically the Policy on Technical Education and Vocational Training, the current Vision 2020 and recently the Programme for Accelerated Growth and Employment (PAGE). In addition, the institute has undertaken continuous needs analysis in a bid to inform the planned proposals for development.
GTTI provides the highest level of Technical and Vocation Education and Training available in the Gambia. Over the years the institute has expanded its programmes from the original craft level provision to Full Technological Certificates (FTC) and Diplomas; from Pitman and RSA programmes to AAT, ABE and ACCA programmes in Business Studies; from the initial and Further Education Teacher Training to Higher Teacher Training, the introduction of a Bachelor’s Degree programme in Community Building and Design and of recent the introduction of the Higher National Diplomas in Engineering, Computer Science and Construction.