The AvTech Academy is a tertiary level Vocademic not-for-profit organisation, registered with the Education Department, of Ghana
The method of delivery is ‘principally event driven’ and assessment is ‘principally evidence based’. The Vocademic approach is one based on the concept that vocational application is the key to understanding the academic component of learning in aviation, engineering, health and related fields. It is also based on the belief that ‘the ability to do is often more important than the ability to write or talk about’ in these fields of endeavour.
The final award, at graduation, is composed of The AvTech Diploma, with a basic transcript, supported by Portfolio. Each individual will have personal direction within the programme and that differentiation will be reflected in an accompanying testimonial letter and portfolio contents. Normal completion time is four years.
The learning year is composed of three twelve week terms, a total of twelve weeks work placements plus four weeks’ vacation per year. All students are guaranteed a job offer upon successful completion of the course.
Students are selected from the rural areas of Ghana, based upon personal, potential as well as past accomplishments. Currently the intake is limited to four students every two years. It expected that some attrition will occur.
The approximate value of the four year programme is $60,000 per student. Each student is asked to contribute towards accommodation, catering (all students are fed three meals per day, six days per week), and minor consumables, at the rate of $5,000 per year ($20,000 over 4 years or a minimum of 60% scholarship). This equates to less than $15/day. Most students are unable to contribute even one quarter of this subsidised amount. Support for the students is sought, and all shortfalls are currently absorbed by WAASPS Ltd, the social entrepreneurship at whose site the academy is based. The number two sponsor at this time is Medicine on the Move, the humanitarian aviation logistics operation, also based at the site. Various individuals, foundations and organisation have contributed on an ad-hoc basis to date. (01/01/13)
Each student is expected to live on the airfield and to participate fully in the airfield life. Each week there is a mixture of academic lessons, Computer Based Training, workshop, airfield and health related activities. In addition students are expected to participate in conferences, field training exercises and other learning-related activities as may occur.