We measure our relevance based on the extent to which we impact industry and academia. Every year KSB graduates leave the classroom with ready skills to deploy in industry. In addition to this contribution, KSB directly collaborates with players in industry on several fronts including training and development, capacity building and other strategic initiatives. Below are descriptions of some projects done with industry partners.
The World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) as part of its ongoing ECHOES Alliance program selected the Supply Chain and Information Systems Department of KSB to plan, develop and implement an Agricultural Logistics Skill development training program geared at Post-Secondary graduates. The program was sponsored by WCF and its partners (ADM and Safmarine). KNUST as a partner served as the educational lead responsible for curriculum development, program hosting and training delivery.Thirty students (30) were selected to participate in the first training program which begun in June 2011. The duration of the program was seven (7) months comprising a four months academic training period at KNUST and a three (3) months internship period with the program sponsors (ADM and Submarine) as well as other companies within the cocoa industry. Participants of the programme were given training in the areas of logistics, transportation, supply chain, warehousing, information technologies, and socio-economic issues to help qualify them for employment as logistics/warehousing technicians, especially in the cocoa industry. A graduation ceremony was held for the trainees in November, 2012. The graduation was well attended with representation from all programme partners and parents of the trainees.
Phase I of the program has successfully come to an end with the posting of the program graduates to various companies for their internships. Programme partners are currently working on designing phase II of the program which will go beyond targeting just post-secondary graduates to include a wider target group including HND graduates and Cocobod workers.
Impact of initiative:
This project fulfills the university’s mandate of providing service to community and KSB’s own vision of impacting society. Through this programme, KSB has been able to reach an important group that otherwise would never have benefitted from KSB’s activities. This project/collaboration with the World Cocoa Foundation also confirms KSB’s position as a world class provider of business education.
The Ghana Public Procurement Authority (PPA) collaborated with KSB in designing and hosting a custom training programme in Procurement and Supply Chain. Students in the first Batch of the programme graduated successfully on 9th February, 2013. Participants were drawn from the district assemblies across the country.
KSB has also collaborated with ADM Cocoa located in Kaase in Kumasi. KSB develop customized training modules on using spreadsheets for effective decision making. The training targeted workers with beginner’s, intermediate and advanced level capabilities.