Youth Employment Agency

The Youth Employment Agency (YEA) was established under the Youth Employment Act 2015 (Act 887) to empower young people to contribute meaningfully to the socio-economic and sustainable development of the nation. Its objective is to support the youth between the ages of 15 to 35 years through skills training and internship modules to transit from a situation of unemployment to that of employment. To ensure sustainability, the policy focus of YEA was changed in 2009 from the traditional modules which have pay roll implications to the self employment modules such as Trades and Vocation modules through public private partnership so as to reduce the burden on payment of stipend for the Paid Internship Module. This has attracted International acclaim, with the BBC ranking YEA as the best Youth Employment Programme in Africa in 2011.

New modules were introduced and some of the existing modules such as The Youth in Security Services and Trades and Vocation were reviewed and expanded to meet the growing demand for youth employment in the country.

Mandate

The YEA was established under the Youth Employment Act 2015 (Act 887), to oversee the development, coordination, supervision and facilitation of employment for the youth and related matters in Ghana.

Vision

To become an outstanding Public Sector Agency facilitating and creating sustainable employment opportunities for the youth nationwide.

Mission

To lead the coordination of employment opportunities and creation of jobs for the youth in Ghana.

Ag. EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Mr. Kobina Beechem

Address

Youth Employment Agency
P. O. Box M 252 Ministries
Accra – Ghana

Contact Details

Phone: +233 (0) 302 235 022 | +233 (0) 302 235 023
Email: info@yea.gov.gh
Website: www.yea.gov.gh

FUNCTIONS

In accordance with Section 3 of ACT 887, the Agency shall, in consultation with other relevant agencies and the private sector:

Set standards and procedures for the employment and career development of the youth in the country;

Train and provide the youth with the requisite skills for the labour market;

Facilitate and monitor the employment of the youth in the country;

Develop guidelines for the implementation of an integrated and innovative national youth employment programme;

Serve as a one-stop shop for the employment of the youth and entrepreneurial development of the youth taking into consideration gender and persons with disability;

Assess the operations of youth employment programmes and make recommendations for improvement;

Plan and coordinate technical assistance in the field of youth employment;

Develop, promote and support training activities of the youth to prepare them for employment;

Facilitate the employment of the youth in the public and private sectors of the economy;

Undertake a continuing study of the youth employment needs of the country;

Establish and maintain relations with relevant organizations or institutions both within and outside the country engaged in activities connected with youth training skills;

Maintain a database of youth engaged by the Agency;

Advise the Minister on matters that relate to the employment and development of the youth; and

Perform any other functions that are necessary for the attainment of the objectives of the Agency.