9,000 TRAINED UNDER YESDEC
Mr. Elorm Attipoe, the Greater Accra Regional Coordinator of the Youth Enterprise and skills Development Centre YESDEC), has announced that YESDEC, a subsidiary of Zoomlion Ghana Limited, has trained 9,000 unemployed Ghanaians.
He said out of the number, 8,578 have received support to commence their own businesses in trades including catering, plumbing, beads-making and sewing.
Mr. Attipoe made this known in Accra at the passing-out of 172 caterers in the Greater Accra Region and added that 2,500 people have benefited from the programme in the Greater Accra Region.
Mr. Attipoe said the trainees have undergone three week training in food hygiene, fire safety and financial management.
Each of the trainees received GH¢1,000 set-up equipment which came in the form of a cylinder, a cooking stove, an ice chest, cooking utensils and a waste bin.
The main aim of the YESDEC programme is facilitating the acquisition of entrepreneurial, technical and specialized skills by the youth to enable them to set up and successfully manage their own productive micro enterprises.
He said the initiative is being carried out in partnership with the National Youth Employment Programme (NYEP) and some financial institutions to help reduce the country’s unemployment situation.
Mr. Solomon Nii Afutu Quatey, the Greater Accra Region Coordinator of the NYEP, on his part, said even though the YESDEC initiative is a private sector initiative, is core objective of facilitating the acquisition of skills by the youth met that the NYEP.
He stated that the NYEP programme has received two grants $65million from the World Bank and 15 million Euros from the Danish government to support the youth in entrepreneurship model.
The first phase will focus on ICT programmes, agriculture, housing and the oil and gas industry.
Ms. Beck Barden, a Deputy Director at the Ministry of Youth and Sports, who represented the minister, pledged the ministry’s commitment to ensure that the YESDEC programme achieved its targets.