A new World Bank report titled “Youth Employment Programs in Ghana: Options for Effective Policy Making and Implementation” identifies agribusiness, entrepreneurship, apprenticeship, construction, tourism and sports as key sectors that can offer increased employment opportunities for Ghanaian youth.
It also calls for more investments in career guidance and counselling, work-based learning, coaching, and mentoring to equip young people with the skills needed for work. The report suggests that although these are not new areas, the government could maximize their impact by scaling up these priority areas in existing youth employment interventions and improving outreach to the youth.
Ghana is faced with 12% youth unemployment and more than 50% underemployment, both higher than overall unemployment rates in Sub-Saharan African countries. Despite major investments by both government and private sector, this challenge will intensify if job opportunities remain limited.
To tackle youth unemployment, the report highlights the importance of having disaggregated data on youth job seekers by location, gender, skills, and capabilities to inform policy and funding decisions and respond with appropriate and tailored employment programs.
Heart of Grace`s Dare To Develop is a long-term initiative that focuses on the acquisition of appropriate skills, abilities, and competencies as necessary equipment for the individual to live adapt to the real work situation and contribute to the development of society. It will assist all young people to secure their future by enhancing their transition to a lot of opportunities after the training.
The emphasis is on training people for self–employment to help foster communities through skill development by helping reduce the high rate of unemployment in the country.
The training will provide a mixed knowledge and career-focused, hands-on and skills-based training that is needed to run the productive sectors of the economy and build the nation. It is particularly meant to provide avenues for skills development for the youth.
The objective is to motivate more than 70% of participants mainly girls to strive and become entrepreneurs after the end of successful training.
To achieve the objectives of this initiative, there is the need to create an enabling environment for the teaching and learning process in the training centers to ensure good quality teaching and learning environment that is crucial to helping the individuals.
Functions of the technical and vocational training:
The Dare To Develop is a trainer of trainees initiative which will be supervised by Heart of Grace and other stakeholders. To ensure the sustainability of the initiative, beneficially communities will contribute to the available youth and a successful cohort will help train the next cohort of beneficiaries who will be enrolled in the program.