More jobs for the youth
Mr. John Dramani Mahama, the Vice-President, says the World Bank has allocated $65 million to support the training programmes for the youth under the National Youth Employment Programme (NYEP).
He adds that government will create 100,000 jobs under the NYEP and the Council for Technical and Vocational Education Training (COTVET) next year, increasing the number to 200,000 jobs annually from 2013.
Mr. Mahama made this known in Accra at the graduation ceremony for 7,000 youth in dressmaking under NYEP, reiterating government’s commitment to providing the youth with the needed skills that will make them employable on the job market.
The graduates, who were drawn from all parts of the country, underwent a-six-month training in dressmaking, with additional tuition in book-keeping and marketing, under the supervision of the Asongtaba Cotage Industry and Exchange Programme (ACI&EP) and the NYEP.
Each of the graduates received a sewing machine and other equipment as well as modernized work stations under a special micro-financing scheme and will be mentored to practice the trade to enable them earn income.
The Veep also used the occasion to launch the NYEP/ACI&EP Trades and Vocations module, which will involve training in carpentry and joinery, auto mechanics, shea butter processing and soap-making for the youth.
He pointed out that the current 7,000 beneficiaries of the dressmaking training will be increased to 23,000 next year, whilst head potters (kayayei) will also be engaged in dressmaking and hairdressing.