The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) has successfully completed a four-day Continuous Professional Development (CPD) training program for its technicians and laboratory managers.

The event, spearheaded by the Office of the Vice Chancellor and implemented by the KNUST E-Learning Centre and the International Programmes Office, was conducted in partnership with the UK Institute for Technical Skills and Strategy.

The training commenced with an opening speech from Professor Mrs. Rita Akosua Dickson, Vice Chancellor of KNUST, who emphasised the importance of this initiative for the university's technical staff.

"As the Vice Chancellor, it is my honor to announce the commencement of a transformative initiative: the Continuous Professional Development Training Program for our university technicians and its affiliate institutions."

Professor Dickson underscored the vital role technicians play in the academic and research activities at KNUST, highlighting their contributions to the smooth operation of laboratories, workshops, and facilities.

"Technicians are the backbone of our laboratories, workshops, and facilities, ensuring smooth operations and providing indispensable support to our faculty, researchers, and students. Recognizing the nature of technological advancements and the evolving demands of the academic landscape, it is imperative that our technicians are equipped with the latest tools, techniques, and best practices to excel in their roles."

The training sessions, which ran from April 13 to April 16, covered various critical topics including career progression, health and safety protocols, equipment maintenance, and emerging technologies.

The program aimed to foster collaboration, networking, and knowledge sharing among participants, thus enhancing their professional growth and the university's overall academic environment.

Professor Daniel Yaw Addae Duah, Dean of the International Programmes Office, expressed gratitude for the collaboration with the UK Institute for Technical Skills and Strategy.

"The acceptance of the UK Institute for Technical Skills and Strategy to send out persons to help in the training was deemed a great privilege. I charge all participants to take the training seriously and am hopeful they will come out with something that will offer a unique career opportunity for everybody."

Dr. Yaw Amo Sarfo, Director of the Centre for Capacity Building and Innovation (CCBI), highlighted the CCBI’s commitment to professional training.

He elaborated on the roles and functions of the CCBI, including the short courses offered, emphasizing the center's dedication to enhancing professional skills.

Anthony Kuufare, Assistant Registrar of the Human Resource Department, guided participants through the promotion structure and criteria for technical staff at KNUST.

His session prompted a call from participants for a review of the service scheme and the dissemination of vital information to all technical staff.

Ruth Francis, Learning and Development Manager with the UK Institute for Technical Skills and Strategy, delivered presentations on developing a professional development plan and identifying learning needs.

She also covered work-life balance and stress management, equipping participants with techniques to manage daily stress and maintain a healthy work-life balance.

Dr. Sulemana Alhassan from the Environmental Science Department provided insights into occupational health risks and safety.

Participants engaged in group exercises to better understand health, safety, welfare, and occupational health standards.

On the final day, participants were grouped by colleges and institutions to recap their learnings and discuss the impact on their work.

Professor Edmund Ekuadzi from the Department of Pharmacognosy gave a presentation on university ethics and workplace romance, addressing ethical concerns and the importance of professional integrity.

Participants shared their key takeaways from the training. Kofi Ansah, a field technician with the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, highlighted the practical skills gained. Jeremiah Tawiah Takyi from the College of Art and Built Environment and Lydia Nnipaa Kumi from the College of Engineering also shared their positive experiences and how the training would enhance their roles.

The CPD training at KNUST marks a significant step in the university's commitment to excellence and continuous improvement, setting a benchmark for professional development in higher education institutions across the country.

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