Minister of Trade and Industry, Kobina Tahir Hammond, has reiterated the government’s commitment to providing employment opportunities for Ghana’s young population.
This follows the launch of the YouStart Initiative by the Ghana Enterprise Agency, which promises to train and equip 50,000 young people with skills across the country.
Speaking during a visit to some of the You Start training centers in Accra, Hammond acknowledged that while the government cannot provide 100 percent employment for the youth, it is taking steps to provide capacity building ventures and start-up capitals for young entrepreneurs.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Enterprise Agency, Kosi Yankey-Ayeh, emphasized the various stages of the training program and encouraged participants to take full advantage of the opportunity to enhance their competencies.
The goal of the YouStart Intervention, which is part of the Ghana Jobs and Skills Project, is to provide entrepreneurship training and competitive start-up grants to the youth of Ghana.
The first phase of the program is targeting 50,000 beneficiaries who will go through various training programs, with the initial stages starting in almost every district. Yankey-Ayeh noted that those who are committed and successful in the program will move onto the intermediary level and from there to the advanced level.