Cape Coast, Aug. 31, GNA - Madam Christina Carl Oparebea, Central Regional Director of the Centre for National Culture (CNC) has encouraged graduates to endeavour to seek additional skills to their professional qualifications to make them more employable.
That she indicated would help stem the increasing spate of graduates’ unemployment to contribute meaningfully to national development.
Madam Oparebea was speaking at a colourful graduation for 37 people
after a month of intensive skills training programme organised by CNC in Cape Coast, the Regional Capital.
According to her, the training formed part of the arts and culture promotion mandate of the Centre to enhance the status of artists’ artistic products to contribute to wealth creation.
They were drawn from various sectors including nurses, students, working class and traders and were awarded with Certificates in beads making, needlework, hair braiding, interior decoration, liquid soap making among a variety of other handiwork.
Madam Oparebea admonished the beneficiaries to make good use of the knowledge and skills acquired to make a difference in their field of work.
She said knowledge was not only acquired in the classroom, but also through life's experience to improve upon their lives.
They should be proactive, innovative and creative in providing and take advantage of global opportunities to expand their businesses.
"The world is undergoing a process of enormous rapid technological changes leading to a situation in which our economies are increasingly knowledge-based and reliant on constant innovation.
"You should not limit yourselves to all that you learnt from here, but explore and come out with your own designs, shapes and styles."
Mrs Hannah Dodoo, a Fashion Designer who chaired the programme urged parents to encourage their children to acquire vocational and technical skills to accelerate the country's development.
She noted if the majority of the youth acquired vocational and technical skills, they could establish their own ventures to minimise the drift of the youth to urban centres in search of non-existent jobs.
Mrs Dodoo advised them to make quality their hallmark, exhibit excellent customer service and invest in book-keeping if they want to see their businesses grow steadily.GNA