Mansa Trades Training Institute was opened in 1950 as a Trades School called Fort Rosebery Trades School. Only three courses were offered then, namely: Carpentry and Joinery, Bricklaying and Plastering and Plumbing and Sheet Metalwork. In 1965 the Trades School was closed due to shortage of staff. However it was re-opened in 1968 under the Commission for Technical Education and Vocational Training.
The Institute has gone through the following changes, In January 1968, the Institute shifted from the old Campus which was situated at Mansa Skills Center to the present site and introduced a new course in Power Electrical bringing the total number of courses to four (4).
In 1985 Mansa Trades Training Institute was one of the Institutions under the Commission which were transferred to the Ministry of Science Technology and Vocational Training and finally in 1999, Mansa Trades Training Institute together with other institutions was hived off from Government to pave way for their creation as Management Board.
Under the jurisdiction of the Management Board the Institute expanded it course portfolio to include the following:
- Advanced Certificate in Electrical Engineering (Electrical Technician)
- Power Electrical
- Automotive Mechanics
- Plumbing and Sheet metalwork
- Bricklaying and Plastering
- Carpentry and Joinery
- General Agriculture
- Computer Studies
- Secretarial and Office Management
- Secondary School
The duration for advanced certificate in electrical Engineering is 2 years 8 months. The duration of a craft certificate programme is two (2) years, whilst trade certificate program vary from three (3) months for level III, Six (6) months for level II and One (1) year for level I.
The institute is now organised into five Technical and Vocational training sections and with an addition of a new Academic Section introduced in 2014 to pilot the implementation of a Two Tier System of education which is stipulated in the 2012 Education Curriculum framework. The academic section is a secondary school offering lessons from grade 8 – 12. The institute is organised into the following sections:
Technical and Vocational Sections
- Agriculture Section
- Business and Secretarial Section
- Construction Section
- Engineering Section
- Applied Sciences Section