The SDF will provide funding to skills and technology development through four 'windows', each catering for a particular target group. The GSTDP project document has proposed the following indicative grant size and co-financing requirements for the four windows of the Fund:
||UPPER CEILING FOR EACH GRANT
||MAXIMUM GRANT ELEMENT||MATCHING CONTRIBUTION|
Formal Sector Enterprises
|*GHC 665,000**||80%||20% (In-cash)|
|GHC 114,000**||90%||10% (In-cash or in-kind)|
|GHC 950,000**||75%||25% (In-cash for private, in-kind for public sector applicants)|
|a. Technology Partnerships||GHC 380,000**||50%||50% (In-cash)|
|b. Technology Centres||GHC 1,900,000||50%-75%||50%-25% (In-cash or in-kind)|
Window 3: Training Innovation
404 WINDOW 3: Innovative Training
1. Focus of Window 3
The objective of this window is to develop new innovative models for delivery of training and new training concepts. Funding will be provided to innovative projects with a focus on productivity and competitiveness aligned with national priorities. Funding will focus on innovative proposals from training providers that respond to economic demand. Under this window, SDF may provide financing to training or technology institutes such as public or private training institutes, higher education institutes, incubators, pre-incubators, technology centres, or business advisory centres - that may not have an explicit linkage with a firm - for expenditure on training innovations.
Innovative training is defined as training that is not available in Ghana at the time of application. There are several ways in which training programmes or training concepts can be innovative. They may either cater for groups that have not been catered for before, the mode of training may be new in a Ghanaian context, or the actual content of the training may be novel.
While the applicant must make probable that a demand for the training exists, it is not a prerequisite for support under Window 3 that the applicant has entered a partnership with an enterprise in the private sector. Hence, the grantee in this case is the immediate provider of the innovative training.
2. Eligible training activities
Priority will be given to short and medium-term training programmes that intend to introduce new subjects or modes of training not yet available in Ghana. Priority will be given to training programmes that are intended to be aligned to the National TVET Qualification Framework, but this is not a pre-condition for support. Training activities related to the National Apprenticeship Programme will be given special attention. Provided the content or target group is innovative, pre-employment training can be supported by the SDF.
While the SDF does not support longer term apprenticeship training under Window 3, specific shorter intensive technical or theoretical training activities focusing on new areas of knowledge and subjects are eligible for support.
Training activities sponsored through Window 3 will primarily focus on the practical skills, but relevant theoretical training will be sponsored as well. Innovation ways of providing entrepreneurship and basic management training are eligible for support as well.
Applicants under Window 3 will trigger an independent evaluation of innovativeness of the proposed training programme by one or several peer reviewers.
3. Grant award process
Applicants will have to download and complete a Grant Application Form from the SDF page of the COTVET website. The next stage is to complete a Technical and Financial Proposal template. Applicants may subsequently wish to contact an intermediary (optional) to support them in the development of their proposals. The applicant will then submit the fully completed proposal (both hard and soft copies) to the SDF division. Proposals will be evaluated by two trained external evaluators one after the other, after which the SDF office will then take over until a final decision is made by the the SDF committee. After the award of grants by the SDF Committee, a grant agreement will be prepared on the basis of the approved project proposal and budget for the implementation of approved proposals
4. Ceilings and co-funding requirements
The upper ceiling for SDF grants under Window 3 is the cedi equivalent of USD 350,000. However, it is expected that very few grant contributions will be of this size. Window 3 will require a matching grant of at least 25% co-financing for private training institutions and in-kind support for public institutions (for instance through the use of staff-time or the use of existing facilities for additional training programmes).
Under Window 3, the SDF may allow acquisition of equipment in cases where this is vital for the implementation of the approved training programme. Equipment, text books and other learning materials acquired under the grant agreement become the property of the grantee upon the completion of the training.
The grant agreement will specify the exact conditions under which the support has been given.
5. Eligible applications
Criteria for selecting proposals will focus on governance of formal training institutions, their mandate to carry out institutional reform, existing links with industry, particularly in priority economic sectors and their ability to introduce innovations such as new short courses, or set up partnerships with industry as well as the financial or in-kind contribution of the training providers to the new activities.
Hence, in order to qualify for support under Window 3, the application must meet the following minimum requirements:
- The applicant must be registered by COTVET or be willing to do so
- The training provider must be a legally registered organisation
- The applicant must have adequately qualified and experienced teaching staff at its disposal
- The applicant must show how the training will lead to increased productivity and competitiveness of the targeted sectors
- The applicant must have conducted an assessment of the expected demand for the training programme to be introduced and of its sustainability prospects
- The applicant must indicate planned follow-up activities intended to ease the trainees entry into the labour market
- The applicant must have the managerial capacity to manage the contract to be entered with the enterprise that receives the SDF grant
- The applicant must provide the methodology for post-training monitoring and evaluation to ascertain the effectiveness or otherwise of the training provided
- The applicant must have a proven track record for implementation of training programmes toward the specified target groups.
Preference will be given to providers and institutions who document good results from their implementation of training programmes for the target groups specified.
In the event of subsequent funding requests, the training provider must provide documentation of performance on previous SDF contracts or their last assignment.
The Fund does not support the following types of training programmes:
- Seminars and conferences designed to stimulate discussions and/or keep participants abreast of the latest trends in skills upgrading.
- Induction/orientation programmes.
- Appreciation programmes of short duration.
- Programmes specific to company procedures/policies.
- Training for spiritual, cultural and social enhancement, e.g. religious studies and appreciation of music.
- Professional-training programmes, involving the upgrading of personnel such as doctors, lawyers, accountants and architects.
- Postgraduate training programmes, involving the pursuance of higher education leading to the award of an advanced diploma, graduate diploma, degree or post degree qualification.
- Attachment of engineers and senior managers to advance their skills and knowledge in existing or new work areas.
1st: Call 14th July 2011-16 Sept 2011. (Closed)
2nd: Call 31st July 2012 - 28th Sept. 2012 (Closed)
3rd: Call 15th April 2013 - to 14th June 2013 (Closed)
5th: Call April 2014 to October 2014
6th: Call October 2014 to April 2015
NEWS & EVENTS3December2013
Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, Minister of Education has launched the maiden Skills Development Fair in Accra with a call on the beneficiary businesses of the Skills Development Fund (SDF) to3December2013
The Minister of Education, Prof. Jane Naana Opoku-Agyeman, has opened a skills and technology exhibition fair, with a call on young entrepreneurs, especially university graduates, to take advantage3December2013
The skills and technology fair is set to take off tomorrow at the International Trade Fair Center, La in Accra at the pavilion B.
The two day event which is being organized by the Council3December2013
The Minister of Education, Prof. Jane Naana Opoku-Agyeman, has opened a skills and technology exhibition fair, with a call on young entrepreneurs, especially university graduates, to take advantage11September2013
The Musicians Union of Ghana, MUSIGA has signed a contract with the Council for Technical and Vocational Educational Training (COTVET) for the commencement of the MUSIGA Academy.