YEA creates 17,000 jobs for youth in 4 months

 The Youth Em­ployment Agency (YEA) has created over 17,000 jobs over the last four months through various modules to provide entre­preneurial skills development for the youth.

These modules include Commu­nity Health Worker Programme, Prisons Office Assistants, Com­munity Protection Assistants, the YEA Jobcentre and partnerships with the private sector, Chief Executive Officer of the YEA, Mr Kofi Baah Agyepong, said.

Mr Agyepong made this known in Kumasi on Saturday at the passing-out parade of 1,064 of the second batch of CPAs beneficia­ries drawn from the Bono, Ashanti, Bono East, Ahafo and the Western North Region.

This represented the total of 5,400 who were concurrently passing-out at the various Police Training Schools in the country.

He said President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s govern­ment was very sensitive to the plight of Ghanaians in the face of global economic crises, and “is resolved to reducing the pressure and burden of Ghanaians through a further creation of jobs, skills acquisitions and Entrepreneurial development of the Youth.”

The CEO averred that the President charged YEA and other agencies to refocus on creating employment and improving condi­tions of service for employees.

According to him the Agency had already created over 17,000 jobs since his assumption as CEO and was poised to create thousands of more jobs before the close of 2023.

“Apart from rolling out the tradi­tional modules, allowances of ben­eficiaries have now been increased to GH¢500.

There is also a deepened partnership with the diplomatic community and private sector to create more private sector led jobs,” he said.

Mr Agyepong also told the gathering that YEA’s new agenda also created a platform for people in the technical and artisan sector with an oncoming partnership with National Entrepreneurship and Innovation Programme, National Vocational Training Institute, the Ghana Enterprises Agency, etc.

To the beneficiaries under the Community Protection Assis­tants module, the CEO advised them not to compromise on their professional integrity in the course of discharging their duties in the communities, adding that the Agency would not hesitate to endorse sanctions to weed out any CPA personnel by the GPS for infractions in the rules of their engagement.

Mr Agyepong explained that such caution was against the back­ground of assurance by the Ghana Police Service to sign a Memoran­dum of Understanding with the Agency to give consideration and priority to CPA personnel in future recruitment into the mainstream service.

He explained that the Agency had taken the necessary steps to clear all outstanding arrears owed beneficiaries, in spite of the eco­nomic turbulence by timely release of funds, to meet the monthly stipends of the beneficiaries.


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