Ghana has the highest youth unemployment rates in the world with 30 per cent unemployed youth in its capital city, claims Vera Kafui Mills Odoi, the project director at social activist group Youth Inclusive Entrepreneurial Development Initiative Employment (YIEDIE).
Speaking at a roundtable on Ghana’s unemployment rate at the University of Cape Coast, at Cape Coast, about 150 kilometres southwest of here, Wednesday, she said research also indicated that 23 per cent of youth in five major cities in Ghana were unemployed.
The forum was organized by Global Communities Ghana and YIEDIE in collaboration with the Institute for Development Studies (IDS) of the University of Cape Coast (UCC) with the aim of bringing stakeholders together to share ideas on how to address the unemployment situation in the country.
YIEDIE is a five-year project to create economic opportunities in Ghana’s construction sector for economically disadvantaged youth. It is being implemented by Global Communities in partnership with the MasterCard Foundation.
The project seeks to directly train 23,700 youth with technical construction and entrepreneurial skills leading to employment to improve their enabling environment.
Mills Odoi said the project would offer 14,000 youth with technical training in construction through an apprenticeship programme enhanced with entrepreneurship, life skills, safety and health training. The project targets youth between 17 and 24 years who live on less than two US dollars a day in five major cities — Accra, Kumasi, Sekondi-Takoradi, Ashaiman and Tema.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK