Youth urged to take advantage of opportunities in construction sector ….As YIEDIE Alumni Association launched

Mrs Mills-Odoi (right) speaking during the launch

Mrs Mills-Odoi (right) speaking during the launch

The Youth Inclusive Entrepreneurial Development Initiative for Employment (YIEDIE) Alumni Association has been launched in Accra on Wednesday with a call on the youth to take advantage of the opportunities in the sector.

The alumni association is aimed at giving beneficiaries of YIEDIE project, the platform to network, share ideas and have a unified voice in addressing challenges and barriers to employment.

Speaking at the launch, Project Director at YIEDIE, Mrs Vera Kafui Mills-Odoi said, YIEDIE was ensuring that, vocational and technical training becomes very attractive to the youth and empower them to make a good living out of the training they received.

“The construction sector is very lucrative and the youth must take it seriously and acquire the needed skills to become very relevant within the sector,” she stated.

She added that, gone were the days when the construction sector was considered as jobs for school dropouts or people who are not academically sound.

“Together as a nation, we must demystify this idea and rather encourage the youth to get into the construction sector and earn a good living,” she stressed.

YIEDIE she said was working in line with the national agenda of providing vocational and technical training for the youth and ensure they were gainfully employed.

She explained that YIEDIE was creating economic opportunities for the youth between the ages of 17-24 in Ghana’s construction sector by equipping them with technical construction skills and helping them to access loans.

One of the YIEDIE coordinators, George Ebo Wilson said, since the inception of the project in 2015, 14,000 youths have so far been in entrepreneurship and technical skills.

He added that, their target was to train over 23,000 youths in the country so they could create jobs and employ others to solve the unemployment faced by the youth.

Mr. Wilson said, with a unified alumni force, they would be able to collaborate with key groups within the construction sector to enhance skills development.

A beneficiary of YIEDIE, Esther Awotwe who is currently a painter by profession expressed her excitement over the training she acquired and the support to establish her business.

She encouraged other females to come on board and benefit from the tremendous benefits within the construction sector.

BY MICHAEL D. ABAYATEYE

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