The Tamale Polytechnic (T-Poly) and Raincoat Roofing Systems have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to collaborate in practical/industrial training and business development for the mutual benefit of the two institutions.
The areas of collaboration are skills development and training of students, staff training, staff exchange and research, specifically in the area of Building Technology, Carpentry and Joinery, Welding and Fabrication, Marketing, Accountancy, Secretarial and Management Studies, Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering and any other course relevant to both parties.
Other areas of the collaboration are that Raincoat would allow students from the polytechnic to have internship periods with the company to acquire practical/industrial experience, provide opportunities for student excursions, sponsor awards for best students and incorporate its activities into the curricula of the Carpentry and Joinery, and Welding and Fabrication departments.
The collaboration would also allow the polytechnic’s Business Development Unit (BDU) to explore business prospects for roofing projects, woodwork and roofing for Raincoat at a commission and the company would also train students of the polytechnic’s students in roofing and fabrication of metal trusses to enable them to handle roofing projects in the future.
The Rector of the polytechnic, Professor Abdulai Salifu Asuro, initialled for the polytechnic, while the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Raincoat, Mr Charles Hutchful, signed for his organisation, at a ceremony held at the rector’s office last Tuesday.
Prof. Asuro expressed delight at the signing of the MoU and said it would enable the two institutions to work together for their mutual benefit.
He said the collaboration would also help the polytechnic to produce practical-oriented students for the job market who could blend theory with practice and contribute their quota to the development of the Northern Region and the nation as a whole.
For his part, Mr Hutchful said his organisation was happy to be part of the training of students who would be suitable for the job market after their course, and stressed the need for educational institutions to link academia to industry, adding that it was the way to go if we wanted to advance as a nation.