The Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, Mr Haruna Iddrisu, has launched a youth employment study commissioned by the Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (COTVET) in Koforidua.
The study, which was supported by the African Development Bank, as part of the Development of Skills for Industry Project (DSIP), aims at assessing the progress made in implementing youth employment interventions and challenges faced by such programmes.
It was also to make recommendations to the Government for implementation.
In his address, the Minister acknowledged that most previous youth employment interventions had failed because of the lack of a solid foundation, focus, and institutional framework.
He said that with the recent granting of the Presidential assent to the Youth Agency Act, the necessary structures and systems would be instituted by the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations to ensure that Ghana Youth Employment and Entrepreneurial Agency (GYEEDA) was successfully re-rolled out to provide skills and jobs for the unemployed youth.
On graduate unemployment, he announced plans to develop a special module for unemployed graduates as part of the GYEEDA renaissance.
He reiterated that the Government would soon launch a National Employment Policy to provide the necessary guidance to the Government agencies and the private sector in creating and managing employment.
The study recommended that the Government pursued an integrated approach to ensure that the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations collaborated with key the ministries to address the issue.
Beside, the Government should promote policies that support macroeconomic growth and business investment with a youth lens to integrate them better in the labour market.
Government should also provide regular labour market data to monitor employment policies and trends, which would translate policies, strategies and interventions to ensure decent work for the Ghanaian youth.
The Executive Director of COTVET, Mr. Sebastian Deh, said that the Development of Skills for Industry Project, is aimed at reforming the landscape and foundations for the delivery of Technical and Vocational Education thereby enhancing the capacity of training institutions to develop and train the youth in new and innovative skills requisite to the current developmental trends in the productive sectors of the economy.
He announced the construction and retooling of 13 technical institutions, adoption of Competency Based Training methodologies, provision of scholarships to faculty members of 13 training intuitions, and scholarships for over 4,000 students and apprentices to enable them to pursue Science-related technical and vocational courses.
Present at the launch were the Director, Planning, Budgeting, Monitoring and Evaluation Division of the Ministry of Education, Mr. Joseph Adomako, Chief Director of the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation Madam Salimata Abdul-Salam and Mr. Matthew Dally, Head of the COTVET Project Support Unit.
Also in attendance were various institutions including the Opportunities Industralisation Centres (OIC), National Vocational Training Institute (NVTI), Ghana National Association of Garages, Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) and the Ghana Hairdressers and Beauticians Association.
Caption: A group picture of participants at the launch