Providing skills training for youth will reduce unemployment – YIEDIE Project Director

Providing the youth with the needed skills will reduce the growing unemployment in the country, the Youth Inclusive Entrepreneurial Development Initiative for Employment (YIEDIE) Project Director, Mrs Vera Kafui Mills-Odoi has said.

She said having skills especially in the construction sector, which is projected to generate one million new jobs in Ghana by the year 2020, would address the employment situation in the country.

Mrs Mills-Odoi speaking  at the YIEDIE Job Readiness and Mentoring Fair held at Takoradi said the event sought to stimulate discussions around the need for comprehensive support systems to complement investments in skills development as part of the efforts to prepare Ghana’s youth population for Ghana’s growing construction job market.

It was also to build partnerships between the public and private sector for youth skills development and mentoring.

Mrs Mills-Odoi stressed that there was the need to reverse the trend of youth unemployment in Takoradi in particular and the country in general.

“This can be achieved by using targeted youth development services aimed at equipping the youth with the skills needed to be competitive in the job market,” she said.

Mrs Mills-Odoi said the fair was to create opportunity for the YIEDIE project youth to interact with successful business men and women within the construction sector with similar backgrounds.

Specifically, she said the fair was to expose the YIEDIE youth to the various functions within the highly competitive construction sector and partner with established construction firms and create opportunity for exposure and internships.

Touching on the YIEDIE Project, the Project Director explained that the programme is a five-year project to crate economic opportunities in Ghana’s construction sector for the economically disadvantaged youth.

She said the project was being implanted by Global Communities (formerly CHF International) in partnership with Mastercard Foundation and would benefit about 23, 7000 youth with training in technical, life and entrepreneurship skills leading to employment.

“The project applies an integrated, youth-led market-systems model to improve the capacity of youth and service providers across the value chain,” she said.

The Municipal Chief Executive of the EKMA, Kojo Acquah in his remarks lauded Global Communities for the YIEDIE Project, stressing that such initiatives were needed to harness the potentials of the youth and create employment for them.

He said the government alone could not create the needed jobs for the youth hence the need for non-governmental organisations and civil society actors to support efforts at addressing unemployment in the country.

Mr Acquah entreated the beneficiaries to take the programme seriously to build their skills to become marketable on the job market.

By Kingsley Asare

Print Friendly

Leave a Comment