The Youth Employment Agency (YEA) has activated its Craftsman Directory program aimed at creating jobs for young people in Ghana.
The Craftsman Directory is a skills development and market facilitation program that aims to train young people in different areas of craft skills and connect them with potential clients through a digital platform.
The program is designed with the support and contributions of industry players, namely GREDA and various craft associations including the Ghana Craftsmen Association, AESL, Ghana CID Police, NVTI / OIC, Services local governments, the Department of Employment and Labor Relations, among others.
It aims to be a one-stop-shop for the supply of certified and professionally trained craftsmen and offers start-up packages to support micro and small businesses in the sector.
Speaking to the press about the program, YEA Director General Lawyer Justin Kodua-Frimpong noted that the Craftsmen Directory will create at least 200,000 jobs through the recruitment of skilled and unskilled young artisans.
The Agency has opened a registration portal for all those interested in the program to register and seize this job opportunity.
” An advertisement has already been posted for recruiting Male / Female Mastercrafts in this category and defines specific areas of interest including drywall installation, interior design, plumbing, carpentry, masonry , aluminum fabrication, tiling, landscaping, general electrical, steel Bending, painting and welding.
” Male / female contractors who prove to be exceptional in their skill level would later be hired to train unskilled youth under the program.
” The online registration portal has been opened and will remain open until the end of the day on Sunday, November 28, 2021. The registration conditions can be consulted on the announcements as published in the dailies and on the platforms agency social media. Artisans in this sector are encouraged to visit register.yea.gov.gh/artisan to register regardless of their level of education, ” YEA CEO announced.
Read the full statement below:
PRESS STATEMENT ON THE YEA ARTISAN DIRECTORY PROGRAM DELIVERED BY LAWYER JUSTIN KODUA-FRIMPONG ON NOVEMBER 11, 2021 AT THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF YEA HEADQUARTERS
Hello my good friends in the media and our key players who have found time out of your busy schedules to be here with us this morning.
We are very grateful to you for responding on time to our invitation to this press briefing, even if only in the short term. Your commitment to support the Youth Employment Agency in fulfilling its mandate of creating jobs for young people in this country has never been questioned and that is why I am particularly happy and always ready to call on you whenever the need arises.
Ladies and Gentlemen of the Press, you will recall that we have already had a number of very pleasant engagements where the exact mandate of the Agency and the direction of the interventions that had aligned to deliver this mandate were discussed. Our meeting here today is to share with you and the general public the activation of the YEA Craftsman Directory program which seeks to use the gaps in the artisan sector to create jobs for young people.
Context of the Craftsmen Directory Program
Ladies and Gentlemen, the importance of the cottage industry in providing jobs and creating wealth cannot be overstated. It is a creative sector on which individuals and businesses all over the world depend for the provision of goods and services of all kinds to meet human needs. The sector is currently estimated at $ 34 billion per year and is the second largest employer in developing countries after agriculture according to Indego Africa (2016).
The Ghana Statistical Service has also estimated that 86.1% of all jobs are in the informal economy, but 90.9% of women and 81% of men in the sector work in circumstances that are largely uncontrolled, unregulated and non-compliant. to standards set by regulatory bodies (GSS, p.79).
The informal sector, which is largely artisanal, is widely seen as the engine of growth for internal economic transformation. However, the sector has not yet realized its full potential as a hub of decent jobs for the benefit of many young people who are either graduates awaiting productive employment, or artisans or workers.
Even though the artisanal sector faces certain challenges, including the lack of reliable platforms to facilitate the marketing of goods and services and the low remuneration, the industry holds hope and is able to generate more decent employment opportunities. , sustainable and attractive to young people while contributing significantly to the development and growth of Ghana.
This is based on the following reasons:
1. Ghana, as a developing country, would continue to build social and economic infrastructure for acceleration-related development purposes. This would obviously require the use of the services of artisans in the development process.
2. In general, it is recognized that the actors of the informal sector, in particular the construction industry, prefer to import Craftsmen from Togo and other neighboring countries because of national finishing problems.
In anticipation of a booming craft sector thanks to the potentials identified above, the development of an effective “CRAFTSMAN DIRECTORY” would make it possible to meet the needs of the sector.
Ladies and Gentlemen, the Directory of Craftsmen is a skills development and market facilitation program that aims to train young people in different areas of craftsmanship skills and to put young craftsmen in touch with their potential clients through a platform. digital.
The program has been specially designed with the support and contribution of industry players, namely GREDA, various crafts associations including the Ghana Craftsmen Association, AESL, Ghanaian Police CID, NVTI / OIC, local government departments, Ministry of Employment and Labor Relations to name a few, along a number of lines of business as follows;
a) The Craftsmen Directory would serve as a one-stop-shop for supplying certified and professionally trained craftsmen to the general public (through the use of the YEA Artisan Directory app, a market facilitation platform).
b) It would serve as a means of developing technical skills and vocational training for artisans,
c) Provide start-up packages to support the creation of micro and small businesses in the sector,
d) Establish a common center for tools and use equipment to support artisans without tools in the districts.
While we recognize that the industry is made up of many categories of craftsmen, it is said that “a journey of a thousand miles begins with one step”, so the initial focus is on construction craftsmen. The program will finally be extended to all artisanal zones and should recruit at least 200,000 young people by December 2023.
Opening of the registration portal
An advertisement has already been posted for the recruitment of Male / Female Mastercrafts in this category and defines specific areas of interest including installation of drywall, interior design, plumbing, carpentry, masonry, aluminum fabrication, tiling, landscaping, general electrical, steel bending, painting and welding.
Master craftspeople whose skill level is judged to be exceptional would later be hired to train unskilled young people under the program.
The online registration portal has been opened and will remain open until the end of Sunday, November 28, 2021. The registration conditions can be consulted on the announcements as published in the dailies and on the network platforms social services of the Agency. Artisans in this sector are encouraged to visit register.yea.gov.gh/artisan to register, regardless of their training.
Ladies and Gentlemen, Youth unemployment is a major challenge in the country and we strongly believe that this project would contribute significantly to meeting the challenge.
Source: Ameyaw Adu Gyamfi / Peacefmonline.com / Ghana
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