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The Intermediate Technology Transfer Unit: A Handbook on Operations

By: John Powell

Practical Action Publishing

Paperback | Jan 1995 | #56462 | ISBN: 1853393142
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A network of Intermediate Technology Transfer Units (ITTUs) has been established within Ghana, serving to foster and develop small-scale informal industry. Since the founding of the first ITTU in 1980 the idea has flourished with such units being set up throughout Ghana. The objective of the Intermediate Technology Transfer Unit is to introduce artisans to new production techniques and the manufacture of new products. It consists of a group of basic engineering workshops located in the heart of an informal industrial area, engaging in such processes as metal machining, welding and blacksmithing. The ITTU is a dynamic operation, handing over activities to its clients as they become competent, and moving to explore new activities. It also functions commercially thus testing the viability of its activites. This handbook provides detailed guidance on the workings of the unit. Whilst its primary purpose is to serve as a training manual for those involved in the operation of ITTUs, it also aims to introduce the ides to a wider audience, perhaps inspiring otehrs to reproduce the practice elsewhere.


Part 1 Intermediate technology transfer unit: informal sector focus; free-of-charge services; self-financing; no ab-initio training; training for self-employment; material assistance. Part 2 Services of the ITTU: purpose of the ITTU; demonstrations; retail store; information and advice; training; hire of manufacturing facilities; sale of manufacturing facilities; machine tool installation and repair; sub-contracting production orders; sale of small tools; other technical services; letting of workshop accommodation; supply of raw materials; financial aid; summary of services of the ITTU. Part 3 Staffing of the ITTU: purpose of the ITTU; staff grades in the ITTU; production and training; visiting apprentices; ITTU apprentices; employment generation. Part 4 Duties of principal officers: the ITTU manager; assistant manager; the workshop supervisor (chief technician); the training officer; section leader; rural and womens' industries extension officer; accounting officer; stores officer; security officer; other subordinate staff. Part 5 Client selection and development: the client; needs of clients; process of selection. Part 6 Regional advisory/management boards. Part 7 The future.

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