Some 58 trainees of the Local Enterprises and Skills Development (LESDEP) Programme including 30 females in the Mpohor Wassa East District passed out at Daboase on Wednesday.
The trainees undertook four weeks refresher courses in trades including hairdressing, dressmaking and fashion design, beauty care, barbering services, mini cargo transport services and mobile and laptop assembling and repair.
They were presented with mini trucks and dumpers, hairdryers, sterilizers and aprons, catering equipment as well as sets of mobile phone repair and barbering kits.
Speaking at the graduation ceremony, Mr. Anthony Bassaw, Mpohor Wassa East District Chief Executive, said the government was determined to create jobs for the youth under the Better Ghana Agenda.
He appealed to the trainees to put the kits to good use to enable them earn enough money to repay loans they took.
Mr Japhet Duga, Western Regional Coordinator of LESDEP, said the programme was one of the initiatives of the government’s macro-economic development programmes to curb unemployment.
He said it was a public-private partnership aimed at providing entrepreneurial, technical and other specialized skills to create and manage businesses by unemployed persons
Mr. Duga urged the people and institutions to support the programme irrespective of their political persuasions.
He said the start-up equipment and kits would be paid for in installments by the beneficiaries over a period of six months to two years. GNA