Skill Gap Analysis and Interventions for Junior High School Leavers in The Eastern Region of Ghana – Koforidua Polytechnic Experience
Samuel Okae – Adjei1, Buckman Akuffo2 
1Samuel Okae – Adjei1, Institute of Open and Distance Learning, Koforidua Polytechnic, Koforidua, Ghana.
2Buckman Akuffo, Institute of Open and Distance Learning, Koforidua Polytechnic, Koforidua, Ghana.
Manuscript received on January 01, 2016. | Revised Manuscript received on January 05, 2016. | Manuscript published on January 15, 2016. | PP: 3-9 | Volume-2 Issue-2, January 2016. | Retrieval Number: B0100012216
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Abstract: The human capital is the greatest asset of any nation hence the skill development and training of individuals is crucial in any country. The paper seeks to examine the skill gap of junior high school leavers and the interventions proposed by Koforidua Polytechnic. Simple random sampling was used to select three hundred (300) school leavers who are under apprenticeship or are in business. The study revealed that majority of respondents (92%) indicated their readiness to undergo further training. About 82% of respondents admitted that the skill they have do not match to the new demands of current job trends and the need for training and skill development. Among others, it was suggested that para-government agencies such as COTVET, Youth Enterprise Support (YES), and the Savana Accelerated Development Authority (SADA) should have close collaboration with the Polytechnics in the country to make their training more effective and sustainable.
Keywords: Artisans, Gap analysis, Interventions, Junior High School (JHS), and Skill.