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General News of Wednesday, 2 October 2019


Bawumia inaugurates YEA jobs center

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Vice president Mahamudu Bawumia today launched the Youth Employment Agency (YEA) Job Centre and Artisan Directory to connect Entrepreneurs, budding talents, trained artisans and unemployed youth directly to job opportunities.

The jobcentre portal, according to YEA, will provide two modules which are the online centre and the walk-in platform where people can walk in anytime to their offices for assistance on employment related issues.

Highlighting some achievements so far, the Vice president stated, the government has recruited and placed thousands of young Ghanaians in the areas of health, education, agriculture extension and many others since it took over the affairs of the country two years ago.

Bawumia in his speech indicated the YEA jobs centre is a way of delivering on the promises, the government made to the people of Ghana, in addressing unemployment issues in the country.

He urged the youth to take the necessary steps to benefit from its opportunities.

“The Jobs Centre seeks to functionally align a wide range of publicly and privately listed jobs. Government have initiated this platform to skill and connect the youth to existing, emerging decent jobs. It will also serve as a convener to the state which seeks to increase employment opportunities and growth. In the last two years alone we have recruited and employed 350,000 people in all aspects of the economy.” He added.

About the YEA Job Centre

The Job Centre is a platform (online and physical) that will connect job seekers to employers of all fields within the public and private sectors across the country. It will capture all formal and informal employers as well as graduate and non-graduate job seekers. The platform comes with three main components:

I. Online portal: this is a virtual platform that allows job seekers to search and apply for jobs advertised by employers while employers, on the other hand, enjoy the convenience of advertising vacancies online and placing a request to the Job Centre for the supply of goal-oriented personnel.

II. Walk-in Centres: these are localized offices across all districts in the country designated to supporting and guiding job seekers and employers alike. It is a face-to-face centre where advisory, counselling and mentoring services will be provided.

III. Training Hub: will be temporal centres set up to provide quality training, skill upgrade and matching to give job seekers a heads start in the job market.

IV. Second is the Artisan Directory. This is a skill development program that will build the capacity of artisans and craftsmen and train new ones in various crafts like carpentry, tiling, hairdressing, fashion design, plumbing etc. They will be put together in a common database where clients can easily access their services online. They will also be monitored and supported until they become full-blown entrepreneurs on their own.

V. Another is the Regional and District Flagship Program. This project is premised on the peculiar Agro-Business needs of the various districts across the country. District offices are being supported with funds to venture into viable Agricultural projects that will thrive within their communities while providing employment for its people. Some projects in the offing include Mechanised maize farms in the Bono Region, Aqua-Culture project in the Volta Region among others.

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