YEA, NVTI sign MoU to train youth

Mr Iddrisu(right)signing the agreement.Looking on Mr Amponsah(middle) and Mr BeechamA Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to train 5,000 youth with employable skills was on Tuesday signed between the Youth Employment Agency and National Vocational Training Institute (NVTI).

The agreement is to provide the institute with a GH¢ 10 million support funding to equip the youth with apprenticeship skills in 10 vocational areas within a three to nine month period.

It formed part of several training courses being offered to thousands of youth by the agency in various sectors including health, education and security to enable them gain employment for a living.

The Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, Mr. Haruna Iddrisu, who also signed the agreement on behalf of the ministry as a third party, underscored the need for the youth in the informal sector to equip themselves with employable skills.


He said, government recognizing such need had in the past few years restructured the YEA to enable it train more youth and to help provide them with employment.

Mr. Iddrisu expressed the hope that the partnership between the NVTI and YEA would serve as a significant platform that would help address the unemployment issues in the country.

“By such partnership, the skill development initiative under the YEA will now be undertaken by the institute to provide training for the youth with funding support to enable the NVTI train more youth in the informal sector,” he said.

Mr. Iddrisu therefore urged the parties to respect the terms and conditions of the agreement and perform their respective role efficiently in ensuring that the programme under the MoU was successful.

The Chief Executive of NVTI, Mr Stephen Bismark Amponsah commended the ministry and the YEA for partnering with the institute to carry out the training courses for its students.

He assured of the commitment of the institute to adhere to components of the MoU and ensure that it deliver on time.

Mr. Amponsah said the institute was well positioned to offer training in the 10 areas which include, General Electricals, aluminum fabrication, computer hardware, plumbing, tyre laying, flower and balloon decoration, dress making and hairdressing.

The Executive Director of the YEA, Mr. Kobina Beecham said the agency had adopted a strategy of partnering state institutions to train many youth for the job market as part of effort to addressing unemployment.

He said the agency through such initiative had partnered with the Ghana National Fire Service to train about 2,000 assistant community fire personnel, 4600 community police through partnership with the Ghana Police Service and 2,000 prison wardens in a partnership with the Ghana Prisons Service.

He was therefore optimistic that the partnership with the YEA would yield similar positive results.

By Charles Amankwa

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