The Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia on Wednesday launched a youth growth employable skills programme that seeks to create jobs for greater than 1,200 young people in the Ahafo Region.
Dubbed “Promoting Youth Employment through Employable Skills Training and Entrepreneurship”, the Newmont Ghana Gold Limited (NGGL) and the German Development Cooperation (GIZ) are sponsoring the programme.
The beneficiaries could be engaged in welding and fabrication, barbering, trend design, hair dressing and dressmaking, bakery, masonry, wooden expertise, vulcanizing, general spraying and auto mechanics.
Speaking at the ceremony held at Goaso, the Ahafo Regional capital, Dr. Bawumia said about 72 per cent of the nation’s population had been young people beneath 35 years, and thus counseled the Ahafo Regional Coordinating Council for the initiative.
The Vice President noted “this is the first regional-led youth employment and skills training initiative in the country” and promised the government’s assist for the programme to yield constructive outcomes.
Dr. Bawumia, due to this fact, pressured the government’s dedication to rework Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) to make the sector extra enticing for the youth.
Mr George Yaw Boakye, the Ahafo Regional Minister, said the programme’s implementation would effectively position the beneficiaries to create jobs for themselves to cut back youth unemployment in the area.
“This would also economically empower young people and help to end the issues of illegal mining and logging in the region,” he added.
Mr Boakye said the Management of NGGL had set apart GhC1 million for the procurement of coaching gear and begin up instruments, and applauded the company for that help.
He said an amount of GhC25,000 has been set apart for each of the six politically-administrative districts and municipalities for the implementation of the programme.
Nana Kwasi Bosompra I, the Paramount Chief of Goaso Traditional Area, suggested the youth to develop curiosity in employable skill coaching and avail themselves to benefit from the programme.
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