Dr Daniel Agbeko, the Director of Research and Entrepreneurship Consultant at the Dominion University College (DUC), said students must be equipped with entrepreneurial skills to make them self-reliant.
He said this would help them to become innovative and create jobs for themselves rather than awaiting to be employed after graduating.
Dr Agbeko, who has 18 years of practical experience and technical knowledge in banking and micro and rural finance, agriculture and entrepreneurship, said this in an interview with the Ghana News Agency at the close of a five-day entrepreneurship training programme for students in Accra.
The 25 students from the DUC, University of Ghana and University of Professional Studies, were expected to identify problems in society and find solutions, a means through which they would be creating jobs for themselves.
It was sponsored by Savings Bank Foundation International Cooperation, in collaboration with GIZ, on the theme: “Get to Know Your Numbers and the Savings Game.”
The students were taken through topics like Financial Literacy, Basic Economics, Budgeting, Savings versus Loans, the Economic Impact of Savings, and the Magic Triangle of Saving.
The training also imparted knowledge in the following areas; micro- business simulation in theory and practice and simulation – the savings game in theory and practice.
Dr Agbeko said a World Bank survey conducted in 2017 indicated that 48 per cent of university graduates secured jobs after completing their courses and that the situation was not getting any better.
He said gone were the days employers pursued final year students at the universities to offer them jobs but now prospective employees owe it to themselves and their families to find creative ways of employment to lessen the burden on government.
Dr Agbeko said the DUC would train all final year students in business entrepreneurship to make them employable after school and possibly employ others.
“It is common knowledge that presently, there are almost no jobs out there and trainings like this would prepare the minds of students to solve the problems of society and once they do that, they are in some kind of business,” he said.
He encouraged the students not to be despaired in times of failure, which was virtually unavoidable, but persist with the knowledge acquired to break through.
Certificates were awarded to participants at the end of the training.