As part of efforts to reduce unemployment rate in the country, the Youth Employment Agency, YEA, has introduced three key programmes.
They included; the Job Centre, the Artisan Directory and the Regional and District Flagship Project.
The initiative aimed at providing opportunities for job seekers who do not fall under the current modules to apply and become resourceful to the economy.
It also seeks to link job seekers with available vacancies which was on the theme; “Connecting The Youth To Job Opportunities”.
Speaking at the launch in Accra, the Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia called on the private sector to partner government to create the needed job for the teeming unemployed youth.
He noted that although about 350,000 jobs had been created for the youth through various policies over the last two years, the unemployment rate in the country continues to be on the ascendency.
This Dr. Bawumia said calls for more collaboration between government and the private sector.
He entreated the youth to take advantage of the initiative and register with the Job Centre for sustainable jobs.
Dr. Bawumia stated that the programmes are geared towards a creation of a common platform that will connect job seekers to employers in all fields within the public and private sector across the country.
He explained that the Job Centre would capture formal and informal employers as well as graduates and non graduates job seekers.
“The Artisan Directory which is targeted at those in the informal sector will include skills development that will build the capacity of artisan, craftsmen and train new in the various crafts like carpentry, tiling, hair dressing, plumbing among others” he stated.
“While the Regional and District flagship is premised on peculiar agro business needs of the various districts across the country” he added.
Vice President Dr. Bawumia said it is now dawn in curbing youth unemployment as the youth are future of the better Ghana that all envisage.
He indicated that the government has over the past two years embarked on a massive drive to build the capacity of the youth, stressing that these initiatives will help equip the youth with the needed skills for the job.
He impress upon the private sector to support government in this agenda to create sustainable job for the younger generation.
Dr. Bawumia commended the YEA for making the initiative a reality.
Some participants and job seekers at the forum had the opportunity to register on the job portal.
By: Paul Mamattah