145,000 jobs created in 2017–YEA

The Youth Employment Agency (YEA) has revealed that it has created more than 145,000 jobs for the youth in the country since 2017.

It said it had on its portal, currently, 2,300 job vacancies waiting to be matched to prospective employees.

This revelation comes after consistent lamentation by the youth in the country over the increasing rate of youth unemployment and also blamed the development on the increasing rate of criminal activities across the nation.

President Akufo-Addo during his campaign prior to the 2016 election promised to create one million direct and indirect jobs, but that has not been achieved but the Agency hopes to meet the target between now and 2024.

Michael Fordjour, Partnerships Manager at YEA Job Centre,noted that the Agency started with securing jobs in the public sector but had now moved to the private sector to increase the number of jobs created.

He said with the Agency, when it started, it was public sector but looking at the quantum of people that come out every year from the universities and polytechnics, it decided to move, not in its entirety, from the public sector but to bring in the private sector also on board, adding that “as of now, as I am talking to you we have a whole lot of jobs on our portal, we have been able to recruit 4,000 and still counting, into various sections of jobs from entry-level to managerial level.

“On outstanding jobs yet to be matched, as at now on our portal we have 2,000 jobs on ready to be taken, on the overall plan for the next three to four years as regards job creation, with 145,000 jobs created in the past four years, we should be able to double the number.

“Within the next four years, the president has stated he wants to create one million jobs which means we are going to get the needed support and assistance from the Ministry of Finance and from the presidency to execute with the help of the National Entrepreneurial Innovative Programme, National Board for Small Scale Industries, One-District-One-Factory, Planting for Food and Jobs amongst other social interventions,” Mr Fordjour stressed.

He hinted that the Agency would hold a job fair in the coming days expected to have about 130 companies in search for people to work with. –ghanaweb.com

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