The Executive Director of the National Vocational Training Institute (NVTI), Mawusi Nudekor Awity, has been awarded for exceptional and excellent contribution to the business sector of the Ghanaian economy.
She was honoured with the Baroness Awards during the 8th edition of the Business Executive Excellence Awards organised by The Business Executive Limited.
Mrs Awity was recognised due to her leadership role which has culminated into the massive transformation at NVTI and the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET).
President Nana Akufo-Addo appointed her to head the institute in June 2017. Prior to her appointment, she was actively involved in social and gender development as the Executive Director of the Network of Women in Growth (NEWIG), Ghana, a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) which she founded in 2020.
The NVTI boss, who advocates women’ rights and promotes self-employment, has over 22 years’ experience in entrepreneurial and vocational training that enables women, especially the young ones, acquire relevant skills for livelihood, much specifically in non-traditional trade areas.
Since 2002, she has been involved in training and supporting over 8,000 women to establish and manage viable small businesses, focusing on skills and business development to promote economic security and livelihoods for women and youth.
Her NEWIG organization is the first NGO in Ghana to introduce young women to professional driving and building construction.
Since her appointment as Executive Director of NVTI, she has created a gender-sensitive space by giving females opportunities to be appointed to leadership positions and supporting the training of female trainees in male-dominated trades through scholarship awards.
Among other achievements made is the facilitation of the provision of scholarship support for some needy trainees from NVTI service providers and government Scholarship Secretariat; developing and implementing a three-year strategic plan to drive positive change within NVTI and TVET in general as well as identifying and collaborating with development partners and embassies such as Israeli, Japan, Korea, and COTVET to support management and instructional staff with training within and outside Ghana.
Under TVET, Mrs Awity is advocating the licensing of artisans before they transit to the job market as well as advocating for support for TVET from government and private sector.