NVTI secures funds to train unemployed youths

Mr. Stephen Amponsah

Mr. Stephen Amponsah

The National Vocational Training Institute (NVTI) has received a grant of GH¢10 million from the Youth Employment Agency to train about 5,000 unemployed youths in 10 areas of vocational skills.

The training programme, which is scheduled to begin in March this year, would focus on training in dressmaking, plumbing, welding, fabrication, floral and ballon decorations, general electricals, tiling, aluminium fabrication, hairdressing, computer hardware and masonry.

The Director of the institute, Stephen Bismark Amponsah in an interview with “The Ghanaian Times,” on the nine-month training project, explained that the training would be conducted in about 500 centres across the country.

According to him, master craftsmen and other training institutions that have registered with the NVTI would serve as the resource centres for the programme.

He said prospective candidates could register through the institute’s website adding that, information have been sent to various metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies on how candidates could apply to be part of the programme.

The Director said the 10 trade areas were carefully selected based on market demands pointing out that the uniqueness of the programme was to equip the beneficiaries with the necessary entrepreneurial skills after which they would be presented with certificates for proficiency.

He indicated that the training would be highly practical, adding that local dialects would be used as the mode of instruction where necessary.

In addition, he said start-up capital would be disbursed to the trainees to support them in setting up their enterprises to utilise the knowledge gained.

Mr. Amponsah said a comprehensive monitoring mechanism has been put in place to strictly monitor the activities of the trainees to ensure that the start-up businesses were effective.

He said the programme was open to all unemployed youths including graduates from the universities, and warned that the institute would sanction master craftsmen who demand money from the trainees.

By Lawrence Vomafa-Akpalu

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