HITT Ghana does not have a formal Steering Committee, but rather an Advisory Board where stakeholder institutions are represented. What follows is an introduction of each of the stakeholders involved and the work that they do:
1. The Opportunities Industrialization Centre (OICG) is an organisation founded in 1970 that provides vocational training for Ghana’s disadvantaged and marginalised youth in the form of three month courses. A number of occupations are covered, the courses are increasing in popularity, and over 70% of graduates find employment.
2. The National Vocational Training Institute is a public/private partnership where workers, industry actors and the government come together to bring about effective human development through vocational training. It was established in 1967.
3. The Department of Tourism and Hospitality Management is part of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration. Dr. Joseph Mensah-Ansah, a lecturer in the department and CEO of a Hospitality Management consultancy firm, represents this stakeholder.
4. The Ministry of Tourism is a government department concerned with regulating and promoting tourism to the maximum benefit of the Ghanaian people and economy.
5. Private sector actors, including Travel Xpress Hotel, Alisa Hotel and Airport West Hotel, are also represented. The presence of these stakeholders on the Advisory Board helps to ensure that that HITT Ghana’s work is market-led.
6. L’Aine Services is a human resourcing agency based in Accra that seeks to help businesses to thrive by providing them with skilled staff. The reach of L’Aine Services extends to training workers, running a charitable foundation and publishing the magazine HR Focus, as well as sourcing workers for jobs and jobs for workers.
7. Hospitality Solutions is a private company that provides training to employees of businesses wishing to enhance their customer service skills.
8. The Ghana Hotels Association is a group that applies pressure on behalf of over 750 hotels across Ghana for policies to promote the hotel industry. Furthermore, it provides training and technological assistance to its membership.
9. The Traditional Caterers Association supports its members by providing training that promotes good practice in terms of health & hygiene, food preparation, and business management. It also lobbies on its members’ behalf to bring about favourable policy.