Venadash Institute of Decorative Arts graduates 22 women

Accra- Venadash Institute of Decorative Arts, a private vocational training institution in the Ho Municipality, has graduated 22 women who have completed courses in event decoration, beadwork, cake baking and decoration, and catering.

At its seventh graduation ceremony held at the Global Evangelical Church at Ho Fiave, Mrs Venunye Afi Adugu, Director of the Institute, said the institute, established in 2011, has so far trained 24 batches of students, most of whom had excelled in the National Vocational Training Institute (NVTI) proficiency examinations.

The theme: for the graduation was Job Creation for the Youth through Skills Acquisition.

Mrs Adugu said the achievements were because of the efficient and practical teaching by the tutors adding that the graduates were already executing excellent works for their clients.

The Director said the institute had plans to add hat making and fashion design to its line of programmes, beginning next academic year.

Mrs Adugu asked students to take the courses seriously and provide the needed tools and materials for competency-based training.

She said Venadash was on a mission of entrepreneurship development to help address youth unemployment, and advised against truancy, asking parents and guardians not to consider vocational skills training as reserved for school dropouts.

Vocational and technical skills acquisition requires high intelligent quotient and critical analytical minds to be able to innovate and create. We, therefore, appeal to parents and guardians to desist from discouraging their wards who want to venture into these fields of study. You will never know what the future holds, she said.

Mr Kenneth Kponor, the Volta Regional Director of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), asked the graduates to make the most of the training and strive to become entrepreneurs and open up employment avenues for others.

He also urged them to encourage their peers to consider vocational skills as a lifeline they could easily access.

The institute was established as the Venadash Training Center, providing skills training in bead making and event decoration.

It was in 2012, transformed into an institute, and adopted the syllabus of the University of Florida, USA, and won accreditation from the National Vocational Training Board in 2015.

It operates faculties of Applied Arts, and Culinary Arts, and runs two programme sessions each academic year.

Source: Ghana News Agency