Youth Development Skills and job creation program launched in Ahafo
Goaso, November 23, 2022
A youth development skills and job creation program has been launched on Wednesday at Goaso, the Ahafo regional capital to support employable skills training in the region.
The program on the theme: “Promoting Youth Employment through employable skills training and entrepreneurship” was initiated by Mr. George Boakye, the Ahafo Regional Minister.
Dr. Alhaji Mahamudu Bawumia, the Vice President of the Republic jointly launched the program with the Regional Minister and Nana Kwasi Bosompra I, the Omanhene of Goaso Traditional Area.
It’s a regional led program aimed at creating direct employment for 1200 youth to help reduce unemployment in Ahafo and was supported by the Newmont Ahafo mines and GIZ Ghana.
Training and start up tools and materials have been procured for beneficiaries in welding and fabrication, barbaring, fashion, hair dressing, bakery, masonry and wood technology, vulganizing, general spraying, auto mechanics and others.
An amount of GHc25,000 cheque has also been made available for each District and Municipality of the region to support the trainees in their various trade.
Dr. Bawumia observed that 72 per cent of the Ghanaian population are youth below 35 years and was optimistic the program would help reduce the unemployment burden on the nation.
The government under the leadership of Nana Akuffo-Addo is committed to making Technical, Vocational Education Training (TVET) a priority for self employment and pledged government support for the project to motivate and make the youth capable of employing others.
In his welcome address, Mr. Boakye said each District of the region has 200 beneficiaries of the program to revamp TVET skills and help improve their basic livelihoods.
This he said was to make the beneficiaries entrepreneural minded and desist from illegal chainsawing and illegal mining activities so that they can contribute meaningfully to the development of the region and the nation at large.
Mr. Boakye commended the Newmont for supporting the program with GHc1 million for the procurement of training equipment and start up tools.
Nana Kwasi Bosompra I, the Omanhene of Goaso Traditional Area urged the MDCEs to ensure the items are given to the needed people who’s names are listed and not for party children and advised the beneficiaries to use the equipment for the intended purposes.