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Over the last several years, Accents and Art Limited (AAL) has provided high quality training and internship opportunities to hundreds of students from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology (KNUST), Takoradi & Koforidua Polytechnics, Opportunities Industrialization Centre (OIC), National Vocational Training Institute (NVTI) and many other technical institutions in Ghana.
The founder of Ghana’s premier wrought iron and wood company, (AAL), graduated with a B.A Art (Hon) sixteen years ago from KNUST at a time when an Art Degree did not guarantee the ideal job placement. Ms. Swaniker, whilst at KNUST, spent her vacation periods working in her auntie’s wood workshop amongst 60 male carpenters, sprayers and upholsters. .
This rich experience equipped her with needed skills and the entrepreneurial mindset to establish her own factory six months after graduating from the university in 1999. The lack of requisite skills acquisition was the bedrock that led to the establishment of The Design & Technology Institute (DTI) as a privately owned technical skills training school in 2012.
The Design & Technology Institute (DTI) is a hub for engineering and design practice at Accents & Art Limited (AAL). Formally launched in March 2016, the Institute seeks to provide the platform for students from the various universities, polytechnics, technical and vocational institutions gain industry experience by working closely with artisans on a factory floor and supported by experienced instructors. Students are further exposed to field/site visits to enable them experience first-hand what transpires in industry.
This is to help bridge the gap between the school curriculum and world of work. The Institute explores ideas and challenges perceived as boundaries between academic disciplines.
Our vision is to develop and promote The Design & Technology Institute as a world class hub for practice research, learning and teaching, and engagement with a significant impact regionally, nationally and internationally.We believe that education should be liberal to prepare one for a vocation.
Our aim is to help participants gain meaningful and practical hands on applications we believe will furnish them with employable skills for life.
The DTI curriculum ensures students obtain a mastery of the broad field of the fabrication of objects in metal and/ or wood and finishing techniques using various machines and hand powered tools that merges skills in health & safety, business management, engineering and people skills, enabling them to;
The Institute is managed by a three (3) member Advisory Board of Directors and headed by a Principal. They are responsible for overseeing the day to day administrative and financial affairs of the Institute. The Board includes;
is Swedish international CEO and executive for technology and industrial technology based companies, has valuable exposure to a wide range of markets.
His early career was in product marketing and innovation driven product development. However, Hans also has significant experience in distribution and manufacturing.
During his entire career he has had international responsibilities including direct experience in China, India, Mexico, Africa and Malaysia in addition to all major developed countries.
He is a graduate of Chalmers University and has an MBA from Stanford Business School.
is a former Vodafone Ghana corporate executive with over 30 years of experience in telecommunications, public accounting, corporate accounting, internal auditing, university teaching, and management consulting.
Mr. Boateng was for 11 years the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) expert on African telecommunication policy matters. Mr. Boateng’s career spanned the Audit division of Arthur Andersen and Company in Boston, Massachusetts, the Potomac Electric Power Company in Washington, DC, the Bell Atlantic (now Verizon) Corporation in Silver Spring, Maryland, Ghana's Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, and Deloitte & Touche Consulting, West Africa.
While at Bell Atlantic and the FCC, he was an adjunct lecturer at the Howard University School of Business & Public Administration, and at the Bowie State University Graduate School & Continuing Education, Maryland.
Mr. Boateng is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and holds BBA (Accounting) and MBA degrees from Howard University, Washington, D.C.
is a partner in Price Waterhouse Coopers (PwC) based in Ghana. Ayesha specializes in tax advisory services focused on the energy sector and helps energy clients solve their tax problems and manage their tax affairs efficiently.
In addition to this, Ayesha holds leadership positions within PWC in the areas of corporate responsibility and diversity and inclusion, responsible for PWC’s West African market area (Ghana, Nigeria and Liberia); and energy, leading PWC’s Africa Region and learning and education, where she leads for Ghana.
With over 17 years' experience in the finance and accounting field (10 being in the tax arena), Ayesha has been involved in a wide array of projects and has built up a network of influential clients and associates during her professional career.
Fredo Engineering & Consultancy Services led by the principal consultant, Fred Djokoto. He is an experienced mechanical engineer consultant with many years’ hands on experience handling factory work and setting up production centers for small enterprises.
Global Quality ConsultingGlobal Quality Consulting is Ghanaian consulting firm based in Accra. The firm has a broad complement of associates and staff who are well qualified in their various fields of expertise in entrepreneurship, finance, marketing and working capital management.
WHSO-Ghana, the accredited agency and representative for RRC Training, a Work, Health and Safety Organization, based in United Kingdom and approved by the International Institute for Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) as well as the Chartered Quality Institute (QCI) to conduct the relevant courses in safety.
After 17 years of practical experience in the metal and craft industry, Constance Swaniker, sculptor and founder of Ghana’s premier wrought iron and wood company “Accents and Art”, has established The Design & Technology Institute to share her skills and experience.
She believes strongly that there is a big demand for skilled labour in Ghana. This motivated her to envision and establish The Design & Technology Institute, whose main purpose is to equip the students with skills that they can utilize to empower themselves both technically and financially.
She has since gone on to win many prestigious awards both internationally and locally.
The course is structured into three: foundation, intermediary and advanced levels. The course is structured to target industry professionals, master craftsmen, students who either want to undertake top-up courses in specific topics of study such as measurement skills, material estimation, health & safety etc. It is also open to anyone who wants to acquaint themselves with current industry trends.
ADI works closely with the universities and polytechnics to provide practical industry attachment to help bridge the gap between the school curriculum and field of work. ADI also lends itself to anyone who has graduated from SHS (Senior High School) to apply directly to study for a three-year program.
In summary, the Technical Vocational Education Training (TVET) model to be adopted will establish the links for training in apprenticeship, vocational, technical and general secondary education to a degree awarding institution.
Training Practice at The Design & Technology Institute
For the near term, at the end of the course program, students will be adequately prepared to write an external examination conducted by DTI and Council for Technical and Vocational Education Training (COTVET) and be awarded joint certificates upon successful completion.
As past of ADI's effort, to bridge the gap that exist between academia and world of work, it has partnered with the various tertiary institutions to provide industry based training for a period of 12 weeks starting in June 2016.
Students will gain experience by working closely with artisans on our factory floor. Students will also get the opportunity to work on projects and visit field/site to enable them gain in-depth exposure to industry.
Students of today, as future leaders and citizens of tomorrow, will need a set of skills that efficiently use of rapidly diminishing resources and effectively harness our collective intelligence in adaptation, flexibility and creative responsiveness. These are the skills for 21st Century.
The Design & Technology Institute was formally launched on 10th March 2016. The event showcased the newly expanded facility of 29 square meters which included; a state of the art ICT Engineering lab, training rooms and a production floor equipped with modern machinery and specialized hand tools.
The program witnessed a gathering of individuals from the donor agencies, high-level government officials, academia, industry professionals and stakeholders.
As part of the Institute’s effort in providing quality training and internship opportunities to aid bridge the gap between the school curriculum and the demands on the factory floor, students from The Non-Formal education desk of AMA, O.I.C, KNUST, ATTC, Takoradi, Koforidua and Accra Polytechnic commenced an intensive programme on 1st April 2014 -30th November 2014.
This was made possible under a grant facility provided by COTVET in collaboration with the Government of Ghana, World Bank and DANIDA.
The Design & Technology Institute as part of measures in improving the academic standards in the field of industry recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Integrated Rural Art and Industry, KNUST and Industrial Liaison Office, Takoradi Polytechnic dated 29th July and 4th November 2014 respectively.
Discussions are on-going with other technical institutions across the country to partner with them as well.
Article culled out of a write up dated July, 28th 2014 from the Educational Column of the Daily Graphic.
The Deputy Greater Accra Regional Minister, Nii Djanmah Vanderpuye, advised Ghanaians not to perceive technical and vocational education as programmes for students who are not academically good.
“We as a people can no longer continue with the negative stereotypes of vocational and technical education, which is key to the development of the country.”Mr. Vanderpuye made this statement at the maiden graduation ceremony of The Design & Technology Institute.
The core target group for The Design & Technology Institute’s training programme will mostly be students from the various universities, vocational and technical institutions across the country and abroad.
The universities, vocational and technical institutions across the country and abroad.
Any other person who is interested in and possesses the passion to acquire a skill qualifies to be trained at The Design & Technology Institute.
Opportunities exist for artisans who have acquired skills through the traditional apprentice training.
Special preference is also available for young women who have an earnest desire to learn employable skills for vocations traditionally set aside for men.
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The skills of artisans are in demand in range of sectors, such as education, enterprise, interior designing and construction where creativity and entrepreneurship are seen as central to meeting the challenges of global economy. Opportunities exist for graduates to work hand-in-hand with quantity surveyors, architects and engineers.
The Design & Technology Institute embraces individuals with talent, drive and vision. We are an equal opportunity employer. The top ten students who undergo either the short or long-term course will be guaranteed an ideal job placement upon graduation in the following industries;
The training acquired at The Design & Technology Institute provides platform for participants to acquire new skills, build their self esteem and also gain practical knowledge in the creative, construction and woodwork industry. The education offered will augment what students study in school. It is expected that, students who undergo training at The Design & Technology Institute will be adequately equipped to start up enterprises on their own. The overall objective is to raise the standard of skills and to make students ready for the demanding job market.
“The eight-week training programme at The Design & Technology Institute has impacted greatly on my life. Most importantly, I gained knowledge and skills in best industry practice.”
Julius Nanor - Level 200 KNUST
“I acknowledge the program was a success and very vital in grooming quality students from technical training institutes and universities. The skill enhancing program gave me confidence and insight into the possibilities that exist in industry.”
Ephraim E. Ahiagba - Level 400 KNUST
“The training was a plus to my personal experience in Metal fabrication.”
George Osei Nimo - Level 400 KNUST
“Training at The Design & Technology Institute has been a dream come true. Specializing in metal production & fabrication together with the industry exposure on your platform has helped to develop my capabilities in making me ready for industry.”
Joyce Tachie Mensah - Level 400 KNUST