Textile Training Component of Fashion Design and Textiles Programme in Technical University and Industrial Work Skills Requirements in Ghana

Johnson Kofi Kassah, Dymphna Baker-Edo, Edem Kwame Buami


The purpose of this study was to investigate the textile work skills possessed by graduates of fashion design and textiles from the technical universities in Ghana. A cross-sectional survey design was employed to carry out this study. The target population for the study were graduates of the fashion design and textiles programme from the technical universities in Ghana, and lecturers teaching the textile component of the fashion design and textile programme. Snowball and purposive sampling techniques were used in this study. The sample size for the study was 189 (185 fashion graduates & 4 textiles lecturers). The instruments used for data collection were a questionnaire and an interview guide. The study found that the fashion design and textiles programme in Ghana technical universities did not have enough textiles component to enable graduates have adequate industrial work skills required in the textiles industry. The study also revealed that the textile work skills graduates received from technical universities were not adequate to enable them to satisfy the job requirements in the textile industries. Based on the results, the study recommended that the textile component of fashion design and textiles programme should be reformed to contain adequate textile content since textiles was one of the major areas of specialization.  The study also recommended that teaching and learning equipment should be provided to fashion design and textiles departments in the technical universities to enable students acquire adequate skills needed in the textiles industry.

Keywords: Textiles, fashion design, work skills.

DOI: 10.7176/ADS/93-03

Publication date:May 31st 2021

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