About 13,000 Ghanaian youth are to benefit from a job networking with industry players in the construction sector, under the Youth Inclusive Entrepreneurial Development Initiative for Employment (YIEDIE) project. YIEDIE is a five-year project aimed at creating economic opportunities in Ghana’s construction sector for economically disadvantaged youth, and it’s being implemented by Global Communities in partnership with Mastercard Foundation. The project works in five of Ghana’s largest cities, Accra, Kumasi, Sekondi-Takoradi, Ashaiman, and Tema and will directly reach at least 23,700 youth.
Speaking at the sidelines of a Job Readiness and Mentoring Fair held in Takoradi on Thursday 6 September 2018, organized by Global Communities, Project Director Kafui Vera Mills Odoi told Skyy News, more than five hundred artisanal youth in the Sekondi Takoradi Metropolis have been benefitted from their skills training programme. She explains the training modules covers sixteen trade areas in the construction industry. The event according to her provides an opportunity for beneficiaries to network with twenty-five prominent Chief Executive Officers in the construction industry.
“We need to make sure that they have some interaction with the job actors. So we have over 550 young people here today who are going to engage with twenty-five CEOs of the top companies in the industry in Takoradi, so as to enable them get the jobs”, she noted.
Mrs. Kafui Vera Mills Odoi emphasized the collaboration with Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Assemblies is instrumental to the success of the project. She noted that beneficiaries were selected through the MMDAs for the training.
“If you don’t work with them, how would you know that this person is appropriate for the training. And then we go into hot spot- areas where you find young people who haven’t gone to the university …seventeen to twenty-one year old who have dropped out of school. Those are the people who often target”, she clarified.
For his part, Municipal Chief Executive for Effia- Kwesimintsim, Hon Kojo Acquah urged participants to formalize their enterprise by registering them. He explained the registration would be a requisite element in securing assistance from government.
Story: Nana Yaw Kumi/Skyy News