May 27, 2024
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Ghanaian-German Center for Jobs creates over 5000 jobs for the youth in Ghana

The 2022 Ghana job fair, the green edition has successfully ended in Tamale and Kumasi with hundreds of job seekers and employers participating in the events.  The fair which was put  together by the Ghanaian-German Centre for Jobs, Migration and Reintegration (GGC), in partnership with the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations, the Labour Department, the Youth Employment Agency (YEA), and the Delegation for German Industry & Commerce in Ghana (AHK) has been initiated to compliment  government’s efforts in creating jobs  for  the  Ghanaian youth.

The Job fair and Reintegration is part of a global project dubbed, “Programme Migration for Development” (PME), which is commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in Ghana in collaboration with the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations (MELR).

The objective is to support Government’s effort at improving living conditions and provide opportunities to enhance job prospects now and in the future.

The head of Ghanaian-German Center for Jobs, Migration and Reintegration, Mr. Benjamin Woesten, addressing the 2022 job fair said the project entails activities to promote education, training and employment opportunities. He noted that the areas of support are aimed not only at the local population and internally displaced people, but also at those returning home from Germany.

Mr. Benjamin Woesten in address posited that, the Ghana Job Fair seeks to build the employability of job seekers in the fast-transforming employment space.

“This year’s ‘Green Edition’ aims to promote sustainable jobs in Ghana, such as eco-friendly and digital work. It also aims to promote networking between job seekers and industry players by highlighting the Government of Ghana’s employment efforts to stakeholders in the country” he explained.

According to the 2021 Ghana statistical service report, Ghana has recorded 9.6% (15-35) youth unemployment rate and about 33% unemployment rate among young adults (15-24) despite the investments and initiatives toward employment promotion. There is the need to invest more in practical and transferable skills such as Information Technology, Digital and TVET, to equip young people with the requisite competences for employment or entrepreneurship

He added that since 2019, the Ghana job fair has benefitted a total of 10, 927 youths, who have benefited from direct engagement with employers, counseling sessions on career opportunities and training on entrepreneurship skills. Describing the job fair as a commendable initiative, he revealed it has been able place close to 5000 youths in gainful employment in the country.

A deputy Minister for Employment and Labour Relations, Bright Wireko Brobbey, highlighted that the Government of Ghana through the National Green Jobs Strategy aims to create decent and sustainable job opportunities for the teeming youth in Ghana.

He said the job fair contributes to the realisation of the development objectives of the two countries in the area of employment promotion and sustainable development.

“The German Government contributes to employment promotion in Ghana as a measure to help curb dangerous and irregular migration among the youth in Ghana” he noted. He appreciated the cooperation that exists between the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations and GIZ Ghana.

Story by Abukari Alhassan Baba

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