In order to prepare future members of the national service for deployment to user agencies, the National Service Secretariat (NSS) and the Kosmos Innovation Centre (KIC) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU).
Under the terms of the agreement, which will be carried out through the Kosmos Innovation Centre Incubation Hub, graduates from universities all over the nation will be groomed by businesses through the KIC programs by providing them with knowledge and resources that will adequately prepare them for opportunities in the future.
It would also enable service persons deployed to the KIC programme to acquire career development skills and empower them to start high-potential ventures in the agriculture sector in the country.
A joint press release issued in Accra by NSS and KIC on September 18 said “the initiative will also help imbibe the essence of entrepreneurship in these graduates and potentially recruit them into the very prospective field.”
Mentees under the programme eligible for national service who successfully start businesses will be registered onto the scheme to undertake their service within their startups.
It will provide placement opportunities for upcoming service personnel through ventures created from the partnership between the NSS and KIC.
The Executive Director of KIC, Benjamin Gyan-Kesse, in the press release, expressed concern about the increasing rate of unemployment in the country.
He said it was essential for a structured programme involving public-private partnership to bridge the knowledge and skills gap among graduates.
He stated that apart from enabling the startups under the mentorship of KIC to scale up by providing them labour, the initiative was also KIC’s module to add value to graduates.
He commended NSS for its commitment to the project.
“I applaud the National Service Secretariat for considering this a viable venture to partner. Their support to post National Service Personnel to use their service period to develop and grow businesses within the KIC landscape is highly plausible.
This partnership brings heightened optimism and excitement that we hope to channel into breaking the chain of graduate unemployment by providing unparalleled technical opportunities to graduates while supporting small businesses to thrive,” the Executive Director of KIC said in the release.
The Executive Director of the National Service Secretariat, Osei Assibey Antwi, also stated in the release that his organisation was committed to collaborating with key public and private agencies to provide employment opportunities for NSS personnel after their service period.
“The deficit we are facing in the employment scene in Ghana could be curbed when we adequately equip the youth to venture into entrepreneurship, even better when it is agripreneurship.
We are very thrilled to be on board this project,” he said in the release.