African Journal of
Business Management

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Bus. Manage.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1993-8233
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJBM
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 4138

Article in Press

Entrepreneurship Training for Artisans in the Informal Sector: A Catalyst for National Development.

Smile Dzisi and Franklin Dodzi Odoom

  •  Received: 17 March 2018
  •  Accepted: 30 March 2021
In many developing countries worldwide, a large number of the youth engaged in informal artisanal works to earn a living. Primarily, this study seeks to establish the extent to which, entrepreneurship training of artisans’ impact business development. This acts as an enabler to national development. Mixed methods approach was used to collect data from two categories of respondents (auto-mechanics and other customers). It was found that artisans in Ghana have a large clientele and most of them initially acquired their skills through informal apprenticeship. The findings also significantly revealed that the majority of these artisans who were privileged to undergo formal entrepreneurship education and training have acquired business management skills and competencies that has added value to their enterprises. The study found that apprenticeship/technical training. Workshop/resource training and practical entrepreneurial training, CEID Center and IODL mobile training are key determinants of business development and are important in promoting national development. The results of the study have implications on favourable national policies and strategies to formally train these artisans to contribute more to the business development of economies. The certification of subsequent programmes should be issued in sync with the National TVET Qualifications Framework that emphasizes the use of competency-based training in the delivery of the training and professional skills acquisition.

Keywords: Entrepreneurial training, artisans, informal sector, apprenticeship, development