Gov’t to build productive workforce to grow economy

Kumasi, The Ashanti Regional Minister, Mr. Simon Osei-Mensah, has underlined the determination of the government to build a skilled workforce to boost productivity.

He said they were eager to ensure that they did not only create jobs for the youth but increased workplace productivity by helping the young people to learn skills relevant to the nation’s socio-economic development.

He was speaking at the official launch of the Youth Inclusive Entrepreneurial Development Initiative for Employment (YIEDIE) project in Kumasi.

The five-year project has been designed to create economic opportunities in the construction industry for more unemployed energetic people.

This is particularly important as the sector is projected to generate one million new jobs within the next three years.

The project is being implemented by Global Communities in partnership with MasterCard Foundation, Otumfuo Charity Foundation, HFC-Boafo Microfinance Services Limited, African Aurora Business Network, Opportunities Industrialization Centre Ghana and Artisans Association of Ghana.

Mr. Osei-Mensah called for strong public/private partnership to provide the youth with employable skills to make their lives meaningful to the society.

He indicated that unemployment could be significantly reduced, if the public and the private sector worked together to give skills training to the young people.

Mrs. Vera Kafui Odoi Mills, Executive Director, MasterCard Foundation, said the project had identified 16 areas, where the unemployed youth would be trained.

These include masonry, painting, steel bending, metal fabrication, plumbing and electrical works.

Dr. Thomas Agyarko Poku, Executive Director of the Otumfuo Charity Foundation, said they had targeted to train about 28,000 young people in the next four years.

The wife of the Asantehene, Lady Julia Osei Tutu, advised the trainees to be focused and work hard to live their dreams.

Source: Ghana News Agency