Opportunities Industrializations Centre, Ghana

In 1964 the late Reverend Leon H. Sullivan, a renowned American civil rights leader, who later also contributed significantly in the struggle to end apartheid in South Africa, started the first community based OIC training Centre in an abandoned jailhouse in a North Philadelphia ghetto. The Centre provided non-formal, entry-level skills training to disadvantaged minority youth to secure gainful employment. This self-help skills-training project soon became a model for similar community-based training programmes across the United States of America. Today, over 75 OIC of America programme sites carry out training programmes for economically disadvantaged trainees–mainly African Americans and Native Americans-who acquire job-market-relevant skills that build their self-esteem and allow them to successfully enter the workforce.

 The Opportunities Industrializations Centres, Ghana (OICG) was conceived when a group of public-spirited Ghanaians spearheaded by Messrs. S.P. Dampson, J.A.A. Ocansey, O.B.K. Fua and A.A. Mends met in 1968 to discuss ways and means of assisting their countrymen to address the worsening problem of unemployment in Ghana.  The Ghanaian pioneers got help from the late Rev. Leon H. Sullivan, the founder of OIC International based in the USA.  OICG was finally established in April 1970 as an affiliate of Opportunities Industrialization Centres International, USA, as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), a company limited by guarantee under the Companies Code of Ghana, 1963 (Act 179). OICG became fully operational in Accra in July 1971, serving as the first Vocational Skills Training and Job Placement Centre for the Youth in Africa.  Since then it has experienced tremendous growth in spite of the changing economic conditions in the country in particular and the world in general.  

 

Mandate

  • provide vocational/technical, business skills training, counselling and follow-up services to Junior and Senior Secondary Schools dropouts and graduates
  • provide business advisory services to graduates who are self-employed
  • monitor and evaluate the performance of OICG programmes
  • develop systems to resource OICG

 

Vision

To be a leading and self-sustaining vocational skills training institution that has a unique approach to training and produces competent graduates for industry and commerce.

 

Mission

OICG exists to contribute to the human resource development of Ghana through the provision of vocational/technical and entrepreneurship skills training to disadvantaged youth to enable them to earn a decent living.

 

Core Values

  1. Transparency: Openness and clarity in all policies and activities.
  2. Accountability: Promote probity and personal responsibility for all actions and inactions.
  3. Excellent Services: Render exceptional and outstanding services to all stakeholders at all times.

Functions

The main functions of OICG are to:

  • provide vocational/technical, business skills training, counselling and follow-up services to Junior and Senior Secondary Schools dropouts and graduates
  • provide business advisory services to graduates who are self-employed
  • monitor and evaluate the performance of OICG programmes
  • develop systems to resource OICG

 

From its first training Centre established in 1971 in Accra, OICG now has extended its vocational and technical training programmes to the Ashanti and Western regions (i.e. Kumasi and Sekondi Takoradi Training Centres). In each of the three Centres, courses offered are those that respond to the manpower needs of the area. 

 

Courses offered are as follows:

 Accra Centre:  Masonry, Office Management skills, Graphic Arts, Electricals, Auto Mechanic, Plumbing, Fashion and Catering

Kumasi Centre: Plumbing, Masonry, Dressmaking and Office Management Skills and Electricals

Sekondi Takoradi Centre: Welding and Fabrication, Draughtsmanship, Dressmaking Office Management skills, Catering and Electricals 

 Counselling services and business management/entrepreneurial skills are offered at all OICG training Centres to trainees to complement the skill area chosen. The counselling services are aimed at addressing trainees’ problems that may hinder progress in training and to sustain trainees’ interest till the end of training. Entrepreneurship skills training sessions are geared towards propelling trainees to set up and manage their own businesses after training

 OICG has Professional Managers, Technical and Finance/Administrative Personnel with extensive experience and skills to assist in programme design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Mr. Samuel Debrah

Address

Opportunities Industrializations Centre – Ghana
Accra
Ghana

Contact Details

Phone: +233 (0) 302 286 235
Email: oicghana@yahoo.com
Website: www.oicghana.com

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