Assessing training needs of the printing industry in Kumasi

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This paper assesses the training needs of the printing industry in Kumasi with the intention of establishing the specific arrears of need for skills, knowledge and attitudes training. 80% of small-and-medium scale printing presses do not have training policies, do not conduct training needs assessment and do not have long-term strategies to ensure successive upgrade and recruitment of skilled labour to meet changing needs in the industry. Questionnaires and structured interviews were used to gather data to establish the skills, knowledge and attitudes gap. It identifies the current existing levels of basic (essential) skills, core skills and operative skills possessed by workers in the prepress, press and post-press sections of the printing industry. 12 out of 38 registered printing presses in Kumasi were through simple random sampling selected for the research and 45 respondents were in total assessed. Based on both quantitative and qualitative methods of analysis using charts, tables and descriptions, the gathered data was analysed. Based on existing literature and the findings of the researcher, recommendations are made to specifically the Department of Publishing Studies and all stakeholders to develop specific refresher and short-courses using a mixture of on-the-job and off-the-job training delivery methods to help upgrade prepare the industry for its international competition. Demonstration, apprenticeship mixed with lectures, discussions, and job-rotation are identified to be most effective methods of delivering training in the industry
A thesis submitted to the Department of Publishing Studies, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts.