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Takoradi Polytechnic is a public tertiary institution located in Sekondi-Takoradi, the capital of the Western Region of Ghana. Takoradi Polytechnic was established as Government Technical Institute in 1954 and was upgraded to become part of the Tertiary Education System by Polytechnic Law which has since 2007 been replaced by the Polytechnics Law . Wikipedia.

Obeng F.,Takoradi Polytechnic | Mensah J.,Cape Coast Polytechnic | Anim S.K.,University of Southern New Hampshire
International Journal of Supply Chain Management | Year: 2015

The prospect of gold mining depends on continually searching for inexpensive and more efficient ways of mining. Businesses, both the private and the public sectors alike are now into outsourcing practices. It is a phenomenon that has seemingly come to stay with the legitimate recognition as a business practices. The main objective of the study is to explore the factors responsible for efficient outsourcing decision in the mining industry in the Sub Saharan Africa. The study is an exploratory case study of Goldfields Ghana Limited-Tarkwa. Out of seventythree respondents contacted, a total of 55 questionnaires were distributed, and there were 33 usable questionnaires returned. Both descriptive and inferential statistical techniques were employed in analysing data using the SPSS 20. In relation to the Critical Factors for a Successful Outsourcing, the study revealed that a strong agreement was among respondents in favour of benchmarking vendors' capabilities and technical excellence as the most important factor to consider prior to any outsourcing decision. Again, it was realized that, the factors that align with "meeting the strategic fit of the outsourcer" as a critical for outsourcing was predominantly ranked next to the most successful factor. It therefore recommended that, for a successful outsourcing operation, it is important to form contracts so that the supplier acts with the outsourcer's best interest in mind. Different contract terms influence the vendor's actions, such as their capacity decisions. © ExcelingTech Pub, UK. Source

Armoo A.K.,Center for Hospitality and Culinary Studies | Neequaye K.,Takoradi Polytechnic
Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes | Year: 2014

Purpose: While colleges have perceived the importance and growth within the tourism and hospitality industry, students in the industry have mixed feelings about career options that are available to them. The purpose of this paper is to discuss factors that underpin students' perception of career options in the tourism and hospitality industry and to make recommendations for other developing countries. Design/methodology/approach: A 21-variable structured questionnaire was used to solicit response from 260 Ghanaian tourism and hospitality students. The data was coded and keyed into MINITAB and SPSS statistical processing software. Various multivariate techniques such as Eigen-analysis, correlation analysis and factor analysis were used to analyze the data. Secondary data was also obtained for student records. Findings: The study revealed that, industry-person congeniality, social benefit factors, opportunity for professional development, and job competitiveness, were crucial in determining students' choice of career options. Other factors include, career opportunities in tourism and hospitality industry were more easily attainable than in many other sectors of the economy; remuneration in the industry is grossly inadequate. Research limitations/implications: A limitation of the study is the use of HTM students of one university. Therefore, replication of this study in other tourism and hospitality institutions of higher in other developing countries is strongly recommended to harmonize the findings of this study. Practical implications: Several implications were found including: getting students to be made aware of the career and career development opportunities available in each sector; educational institutions should partner with industry to provide internship and employment opportunities, that would encourage students to have a better perception of the industry; curb the escalating trend of "brain drain" away for the industry, while the industry should reorganize itself to correct the negative perception of low wages and high turnover. Originality/value: The study was an original primary study that surveyed students at two tertiary level institutions to determine their perception of the career options available to them. The lessons are of value to stakeholders of Ghana's tourism and hospitality industry and relevance to those in other developing countries. © Emerald Group Publishing Limited. Source

Amuquandoh F.E.,University Of Cape Coast | Asafo-Adjei R.,Takoradi Polytechnic
British Food Journal | Year: 2013

Purpose: Individuals including tourists are known to be selective as to what they consider as appropriate food. The purpose of this paper is to analyze the traditional foods consumed by international tourists during their stay in Ghana, using the Analytical Hierarchical Process Model. Design/methodology/approach: The data used for the study were collected from a random sample of 675 out-bound international tourists in Ghana at the departure lounge of the Kotoka International Airport between February and March, 2010. Findings: In total, 17 traditional foods were popular among Ghana's international tourists, with red red being the most favoured food whilst impotupotu was the least preferred food. It was concluded that Ghana has the potential to have a thriving local food industry that could be based on the seven topmost foods. Research limitations/implications: As the first description of traditional food preferences among Ghana's international visitors, this study is intended to provide a strong point for more in-depth studies of the special qualities and attractiveness of the various traditional foods in Ghana. Practical implications: The observation that international tourists on holiday in Ghana patronize a great variety of Ghanaian foods suggests that there is a substantial market of food-interested visitors that needs to be nurtured. The current awareness and interest in Ghanaian foods need to be sustained by improving on the packaging, service quality, and sanitary conditions of most eating places, as well as the efficiency of regulatory institutions including the Food and Drugs Board, the Ghana Standards Board, and the Ghana Tourists Board Given that red red is more likely to sell or be consumed by Ghana's international visitors, food operators, including restaurants, food vendors, traditional catering points and hotels have to be sensitized to include this food item in their menus at all times. Social implications: This finding also signifies that the country can reduce loss of revenue overseas if the large food imports to feed international tourists are reduced. The consumption of locally produced food items and the utilization of local ingredients in the preparation of tourist menus are known to reduce imports and leakage of tourism revenue from the local economy. The study also has a potential of assisting Ghana to project its culture through food. It has been established that traditional foods constitute essential components in the understanding of the culture of a society and also constitute an important medium for cultural expression. Originality/value: This study makes a valuable contribution by highlighting tourists' tastes in Ghana. Finally, an insight into tourists' food consumption and preferences is vital to the maximization of the potential associated with tourism. Researchers such as Mitchell et al., suggest that consumer behaviour research is important for stakeholders in the wine and food industry because it can help provide important insights into who the wine or food tourist is and how marketers - restaurant and café owners, bed and breakfast operators, food producers and managers - can effectively target and develop markets. © Emerald Group Publishing Limited. Source

Adjorlolo-Gasokpoh A.,Takoradi Polytechnic | Golow A.A.,University of Ghana | Kambo-Dorsa J.,University Of Cape Coast
Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology | Year: 2012

Mercury amalgamation is used indiscriminately in the recovery of gold by small-scale native gem winners in Ghana. Mercury is released into the environment in the form of wastewater, tailing and vapor from the roasting of amalgam to separate gold. The study looked at the levels of total mercury concentration in surface soil and cassava crop from farms located within the vicinities of Bogoso and Prestea Goldmines. The surface soil total mercury concentrations ranged between 125.29 and 352.52 μg/kg whiles cassava had between 66.60 and 195.47 μg/kg. The results showed proportionately more deposits at higher distances in 15-30 cm soil zone and less deposits at higher distances on leaves with relatively high uptake of the metal occurred at higher distances from the mines into the peels. These results suggest serious mercury pollution to the surface soil and the cassava crop but the speciation exercise showed that mercury is not in the free state, rather bound to hydroxides and organic compounds as complexes. © The Author(s) 2012. Source

Ren Z.,University of South Wales | Kwaw P.,Takoradi Polytechnic | Yang F.,Mott MacDonald Ltd.
Built Environment Project and Asset Management | Year: 2012

Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to examine the performance of the traditional procurement approach (TPA) under Ghana's procurement reform and explore if other possible procurement strategies could help to improve value for money in the Ghanaian public sectors. The fundamental questions to be addressed are: "Is the procurement reform addressing the deficiencies in the public sector procurement?"; "Are clients and professionals satisfied with the present procurement system?"; "What are the possible alternatives?"; and "What procurement selection criteria should be adopted?". Design/methodology/approach: To answer the above questions, an extensive literature review was conducted which provides the background to public procurement reform and reveals the status of the TPA in the public sector. Based on the outcomes of the literature review, three rounds of questionnaire surveys and face-to-face discussions were undertaken. The targeted population was carefully selected from different sectors of the industry and regions of the country. Findings: The results of the study reveal the deficiencies in contractors' performance arising from the use of TPA with a focus on time, budget, buildability and relationships among participants. It also ranks the criteria for procurement selection and suggests the D & B method as the most favourable alternative procurement strategy. Suggestions were made in the area of tendering processes, collaborative working, contractors' competence, government's work efficiency, and whole-life performance criteria. Practical implications: This study evaluates the TPA performance after Ghana's procurement reform in 2003 and provides guidelines to the industry and government for further procurement reform aimed at improving value for money. Originality/value: This research provides a systematic study on the public procurement reform and the TPA adopted in Ghana's public sector. The essential problems associated with the TPA in the industry are identified and analyzed, the procurement selection criteria are examined and an alternative procurement approach is postulated. © Emerald Group Publishing Limited. Source

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