World Bank Meet Stakeholders Over Ghana Youth Employment

The World Bank has organised a training to solicit views on Ghana’s labour market with regards to how the private and public sectors can work together to generate employment opportunities for the youth.

Haruna Iddrissu, Trade Minister
Haruna Iddrissu, Trade Minister

The workshop was aimed at identifying constraints that limited private employers from hiring young graduates as well as impediments that limited the youth from creating their own businesses.

Haruna Iddrissu, Trade Minister
Haruna Iddrissu, Trade Minister

Mr Haruna Iddrissu, Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, said several challenges hindered many young people from venturing into entrepreneurship ventures.

He called on the private sector to re-position itself and lead the employment drive in the country.

Improving employment prospects of youth is one of the major development challenges facing countries globally and Ghana is no exception, Mr Iddrissu said.

According to the World Bank, in 2012, about 52 per cent of people aged between 15 and 24 were employed as against about 90 per cent for those aged between 25 and 64.

Young women in the same age group were particularly disadvantaged and had higher inactivity rates than men, the Bank said, and 17 per cent of young female were inactive as opposed to 11 per cent of males.

Ms Sara Johansson, an official of the World Bank said there was the need to establish an information data base to provide students with information on the market and the skills or courses they needed to pursue.

She described the labour market information as paramount to selecting careers and professional courses and could help trim the skills disconnect between academia and industry.

Participants at the workshop discussed issues related to job challenges among the youth and role of government in backing the private sector to create new opportunities.

By D. I. Laary, GNA

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