Online platform launched to boost job search

Microsoft Ghana, in partnership with the International Institute for Communication and Development (IICD), has launched  an online platform to facilitate job search, career counseling entrepreneurial training among other services in Accra.

Dubbed ‘Tizaa Works’, the platform will also serve as a hub for mentoring for the youth, IT training, CV writing, software and language skills.

Tizaa Works is also aimed at assisting entrepreneurs with funding tools.

Speaking at the launch, Mr. Brad Smith, Microsoft’s General Counsel and Executive Vice President for Legal and Corporate Affairs, said Tizaa Works would bring tremendous relief for both job seekers and employers.

“Technology can empower young people to make a vital contribution to their community and our world.  We hope that this platform serves as a bridge, connecting Ghana’s young people to the tools, resources, and people they need to find the fulfilling careers they deserve,” he said.

He said although there were several employment resources for Ghanaian youth, many of them do not know where to find them.

He explained that Tizaa Works aggregates the best resources available, ensuring access to rich e-content and exposing the youth to the various learning and training organisations that can help them realise their career aspirations.

With the World Bank reporting that 65 per cent of Ghanaian youth are unemployed, the platform aims to equip young graduates and school-leavers with the right hard and soft skills to bridge the skills gap and secure first-time job opportunities, in addition to providing career guidance and resources for those wanting to build their own businesses.

Ato Sarpong, Deputy Communication Minister who launched the platform said the move came at the right time that the government was also making efforts to boost youth employment in the country.

He said the government would continue to work towards creating more job opportunities for the youth.

“The TizaaWorks platform is critical for expanding IICD’s impact in supporting Ghanaian youth in smart learning, working, and earning. Thanks to TizaaWorks, our programmes that build market-driven digital skills and help youth find employment and start their own IT-related businesses can reach out to a much wider audience, beyond our physical presence,” Martine Koopman, Ghana Country Manager, Global Advisory Services Manager for IICD said.

“With the current online platform, physical programs and the upcoming mobile version of TizaaWorks, any young person in Ghana will be able to access information and services enabling them to become more employable,” she said.

By Times Reporter

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