The Vice President, Alhaji Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, yesterday, Wednesday 2nd October, 2019 launched the Youth Employment Agency’s one-stop ‘JOB CENTRE’ at the Bank of Ghana Auditorium at the University of Ghana, Legon.
The Youth Employment Agency initiative, seeks to leverage on technology to link job seekers to employers and also serves as an exit point for beneficiaries under the various existing modules of the YEA.
Three (3) other job driven initiatives dubbed: the Artisan Directorate, Work Abroad and Flagship Project Component were also launched.
Delivering his address, the Vice President said that government was keen to create the needed jobs and opportunities to absorb the teeming youth and graduates churned out by our educational institutions.
Dr. Bawumia revealed that government was mindful of the fact that the first batch of Free Senior High School (SHS) will be completing in 2020 and while some may gain admission to higher educational institutions, others may enter the job market. It is therefore incumbent on government to create new jobs while providing access to existing vacancies, hence the launch of the Job Centre.
The Vice President also praised the board and Management of the YEA for setting the pace to connect the youth with critical programmes for sustainable living and subsequently, called on the private sector to also come on board. He entreated the private sector to embrace the job centre by frequently loading their vacancies on the portal whilst supporting government to train job seekers.
Hon. Ignatius Baffour Awuah, the Minister for Employment and Labour Relations said government had fulfilled its promise of job creation. Relying on the figure from the recent Ghana Living Standard Survey (GLSS) conducted by the Ghana Statistical Service, he said unemployment has reduced drastically if you go by the ILO strict definition of unemployment. According to him, unemployment reduced from 11.9% in 2015 to 3.7% in 2019.
On streamlining the activities of Ghanaian workers abroad, Hon. Baffour Awuah said his Ministry is in the process of developing a memo to cabinet so that Ghanaians who work abroad and pay their social security there can synchronize the contributions together when they return to work in Ghana. This will help improve their living conditions.
The Chief Executive Officer of the YEA, Justin Kodua Frimpong assured that the process of facilitation and recruitment into any of the programmes will be done purely based on merit and devoid of any political interference. According to him, job seekers will be adequately trained in soft skills to position them strategically to gain from the opportunities under the economy.
Mr Kodua concluded that the agency was repositioning itself to provide sustainable and tailor-made solutions to address youth unemployment in Ghana.


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