The Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations (MoELR) has signed an agreement with the Ministry of Youth and Sports (MoYS) to commence the training of 300 youths in Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
The training, to be funded with GH¢2.6 million from the Youth Employment Agency’s (YEA) budgetary allocation, is to provide the beneficiaries with the requisite knowledge and skills in Smart mobile phones application development and promote entrepreneurship.
To be facilitated by the National Youth Authority’s 10 Youth Leadership and Skills Training institutes across the country, the agreement also includes complete retooling of all the institutes at a cost of GH¢5 million.
Speaking at the signing ceremony in Accra yesterday, Haruna Iddrisu, Minister, MoELR, said the training was necessary to empower the youths to acquire employable skills that would allow them contribute to the overall development of the country.
He noted that the agreement also entailed the provision of tools, resources and other support required to ensure beneficiaries commence sustainable start-ups.
He reiterated the ministry’s commitment to develop and support the training activities of the youths to ensure they were well prepared for the labour market.
Mr. Nii Lante Vanderpuije, MoYS Minister, lauded the collaboration of the two agencies in addressing the problem of unemployment through empowering youths in rural communities to actualise their interests, thereby creating employment for themselves.
He assured the Labour Minister and youth authorities of the efficient use of resources allocated for the project to achieve its intended purpose and yield positive results.
Chief Executive Officer, NYA, Ras Mubarak expressed gratitude to the MoLER for partnering his outfit to retool and improve infrastructure at the various training institutes.
He was optimistic the new arrangement would promote vocational education and support the youths in gaining employable skills to enhance individual development.
The training, according to Kobina Becham, Acting Chief Executive, YEA, would last for four months with each institute admitting 30 beneficiaries.
He said the agency, would after the training, continue to engage and support the youths to enable them to develop applications that could offer solutions to local problems as well as designing others that would serve the international markets to earn foreign exchange.
By Claude Nyarko Adams