University of Huddersfield
The University of Huddersfield has hosted the Director Academics for a Master’s Degree programme from January 2012 to January 2013. She completed the programme and has since joined the Institute as the Director General on 1st July 2013. The Board of Governors and Management of the Institute commend the Social Development Fund (SDF) for funding this programme.
During the year under review, GTTI collaborated with Walsall College in organizing a joint workshop on employability skills and quality assurance. The following areas were mapped out for further collaboration:
- curriculum development;
- teacher training;
- sharing of best practice on improving quality; and
- student recruitment of Gambian students for Walsall College, UK.
Association of Colleges (AoC)
The Association of Colleges, collaborated with GTTI to provide guidance to support GTTI’s self-evaluation and strategic planning. A senior member of the AoC,
Mr Sanjeev from Dudley College visited the GTTI for a mentoring exercise and provided support on the following areas:
- Quality assurance
- Employer engagement
- Leadership and Management
- Marketing and Promotion
At the end of the visit, the consultant recommended that GTTI develop strong partnerships with various stakeholders including the AOC, British Council, employers and those college and universities with whom it has developed relationships. He however, advice GTTI to remain internally focused on its strategic priorities if it is to continue to grow and maintain its strong position as a centre of excellence.
The Social Development Fund (SDF)
GTTI continues to collaborate with SDF in the training of girls and women in Male Dominated Skills (such as Electrical Installation, Welding and Fabrication, Motor Vehicle Mechanics and Plumbing and Gas Fitting). During the year under review, all programmes in the Male Dominated Skills were approved for continuation to level II. Also approved for the year was the Horticultural Training Programmes for levels II in Njawara Agricultural Training Center and the Gambia College (30 students in total).
Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education (MoBSE)
The Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education continues to be a strong partner in building the capacities of HTC/HNC students in the fields of Construction and Engineering. Every year, a sponsorship package of approximately 30 students is received from MoBSE towards enhancing the skills of these teachers in their various fields.
Ministry of Higher Education Research Science and Technology (MoHERST)
The Ministry of Higher Education Research Science and Technology has also supported GTTI in terms of capacity building for its core staff as well as the sponsorship packages for a score of students pursuing various programmes.
City & Guilds / AAT / ABE / National Training Authority
University of The Gambia