PASEWAY Launch Association of Construction project through TVET
Plan International Ghana, in collaboration with the YOTA, have launched the association of Contraction project through TVET for Sustainable Employment for Women and Youth in Ghana (PASEWAY) project to contribute to formal youth employment in decent work by 2023 and beyond
According to Mr. Eric Saforo Team leader YOTA said, the Youth Empowerment Synergy (YES) Ghana, Vocation Training for Females (VTF) Foundation, and Regional Advisory Information Network System (RAINS), the project is aimed at providing 4,050 young people with skills using various interventions to find employment or become entrepreneurs.
The project will be implemented in two major sectors; the construction industry in the Greater Accra and Northern regions and in the hospitality sector in the Ashanti Region.
In his speech, Mr. Eric Saforo
the team leader revealed that by 2030, nearly 440 million young people would find themselves on the African labour market according to a study conducted by the New Partnership for Africa’s Development.
He expressed that this throws more light on the importance of educating, preparing and giving more light to women and the youth to contribute to achieving a better Ghana and place the continent at the centre of the global economic system.
Mr. Eric Saforo, noted that technical and vocational education and training are a powerful vehicle for equipping young people with employment and entrepreneurial skills.
“In fulfilment of the SDG-8, which calls for decent work and economic growth, there is the need for rapid paradigm shift towards transformative training systems to develop the Knowledge, skills and creativity needed to secure the future of our young people,” he said.
He cited low esteem, low appreciation, and low appeal, as some of the major challenges faced in the Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) sector adding that “its potential is not well recognised nor properly valued”.
He appealed to the partnering organisations to dedicate themselves to working towards attaining more resources and materials to aid in the implementation of the project.
Delivering the keynote address, he noted only 10 per cent of graduates find jobs within one year of completing their national service according to a report published by the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research
“Available data obtained from the Ghana Statistical Service showed that both the public and private sectors would not be able to generate jobs in the required numbers to absorb the growing labour force”, he revealed…..
The team leader YOTA Eric Saforo, advised the beneficiaries to seize the opportunity to transform their lives, as employment opportunities are limited, especially during this period.
Mr. Eric Saforo said, the Authority is pleased of the project to move from, what he termed, the traditional way of training people, “where they are afterwards left to their fate, to where they would be prepared for the job market.”
He assured of the Authority’s willingness to spearhead the introduction of a new National Youth Policy, accompanied by an implementation plan to enable stakeholders to know how they could rightfully contribute to the welfare of the youth.
A representative from YOTA Ghana, Mr Eric Saforo said, as part of the implementation process, his office had set up a Skills Hub with a well-stocked library, training space, coaching services office and internet café to provide young people with the room to learn and research for job opportunities.
He said they were also collaborating with organisations to provide internship opportunities for beneficiaries of the project.
Mr. Issac Yaw Yeboah, the president elect for the paseway project association, said to make the project success, they were embarking on an awareness creation campaign to enlighten people on how TVET and its skills should be development choice that could positively shape their future by giving them sustainable livelihoods.
He gave an assurance that he office would ensure that participants acquired competencies to meet the demands of industry.
The competencies would be acquired through a six-month intensive training for individuals working in construction who had never been trained, as well as owners and managers.
Story by Fada Amakye from Daily Sun 106.com