In a bid to address the persistent issue of youth unemployment in Ghana, the Youth Employment Agency (YEA) has unveiled its artisanal trades and vocation module.
The initiative aims to enroll a minimum of 20,000 jobless youth over the next two years, emphasizing sustainable employment opportunities.
Recognizing youth unemployment as a national security threat, the YEA is collaborating with a private sector player, operating under a public-private partnership (PPP) arrangement.
This partnership seeks to complement existing youth employment initiatives by the agency and the government.
The artisanal and vocation module will focus on building the capacity of unemployed and underemployed youth in 10 relevant trades and vocations by the end of 2024. Additionally, beneficiaries will undergo training in entrepreneurship and business management, preparing them for self-employment.
The program aims to equip participants to deliver high-quality products and services to the public.
To enhance the affirmative action principle, a substantial number of beneficiary slots will be allocated to young women. This approach aims to empower women and support them in identifying entrepreneurial opportunities within their districts and municipalities.
The training program includes assistance for participants in accessing local and international markets for their products and services.
This strategic move not only showcases Ghana’s technical expertise globally but also promotes tourism, fostering foreign exchange inflow into the country.