Afedzi Abdullah, GNA
Cape Coast, June 10, GNA - The Barbara Asher Foundation in collaboration with the Cape Coast Technical University's Centre for Entrepreneurship Development and Innovation (CEDI) has trained 200 youth in the Cape Coast North Constituency in entrepreneurial skills.
The trainees, haven undergone one year intensive skills training at the Cape Coast Technical University in 10 modules for free, were presented with certificates.
The modules included dressmaking, millinery, accessory making, batik, tie and dye, hairdressing, manicure and pedicure, masonry, plumbing, computer hardware and software, leadership and entrepreneurial training.
They had also been provided with work tools and equipment to enable them set up their own business.
The programme, an initiative of Mrs Barbara Ayisi, Deputy Minister of Education in-charge of Technical education and MP for Cape Coast North, is aimed at equipping the youth with employable and entrepreneurial skills to start their own businesses to reduce unemployment among the youth in the constituency.
Addressing the trainees, Mrs Samira Bawumia, Second Lady of Ghana lauded the initiative and said technical education remained one of the surest ways to reduce unemployment among the teeming youth of the country.
She underscored the importance of Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) to the development of every nation and assured that government would continue to put measures in place to strengthen TVET for the accelerated development of the country.
According to her, government was on course in making Ghana a work centre for skills development through its commitment towards TVET.
“Government under the leadership of Nana Akuffo Addo is committed to restructuring technical and vocational training. That is why all TVET institutions, which were previously managed by 19 different public entities had been brought under the Ministry of Education to provide better coordination for curriculum and more effective training” she added.
She hoped that the initiative would inspire other Technical Universities to collaborate with other bodies with similar objectives of providing entrepreneurial skills to the youth, adding that, “this is a good initiative, which is capable of reducing unemployment and has to be emulated”.
Mrs Bawumia encourage the trainees not to be distracted by the challenges that might come their way but endeavour to do something good for themselves, their families and their communities.
Mrs Ayisi said technical education was not the preserve of academically weak students or school dropouts and advised parents and guardians to eschew such perception.
She re-echoed government’s commitment to inject resources into TVET as part of efforts to reduce youth unemployment through skills training.
Mr Kwamena Duncan, Central Regional Minister urged the trainees to put the skills and knowledge acquired into good venture and cautioned them against selling their tools and equipment for money.
He encouraged the youth to take advantage of the training programme and other interventions put in place by the government to add value to themselves in order to make them employable.
Dr Ernest Yankson, Member of the Interim Management Committee of the Cape Coast Technical University said the university would continue to partner institutions and agencies to provide employable skills to the youth.
Some of the trainees expressed their profound gratitude to Mrs Ayisi and the government for the opportunity and assured that they would use the equipment prudently to benefit others.