Over 400 Youths Receive Business Start-Up Kits From Ghana Enterprises Agency

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More than 400 youths, mostly women have received business start-up kits after successfully undergoing apprenticeship training in Adentan and Amasaman under the Young Africa Works.

The apprenticeship training was a pilot and would be rolled out fully in various district across the country, targeting 8,000 trainees for the first component who would master their skills and craftmanship with the focus on creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship.

The initiative, which was designed by the Ghana Enterprises Agency (GEA) and Mastercard Foundation two years ago, is to create opportunities for women, girls, and the youth by helping create dignifying jobs.

Learning under the Ghana Enterprises Agency’s Skills Craft Persons (SCPs) for six months, the trainees mastered skills in cosmetology, fashion design, dressmaking, welding, metal fabrication, leather works and barbering amongst others.

They had also passed the National Vocational Technical Institute (NVTI) examination and had been taken through lessons in financial literacy, bookkeeping, social media marketing and banking and how to start a business.

The Government, through the Ministry of Trade and Industry, is supporting the initiative with kits and other resources.

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Ghana Enterprises Agency (GEA), Madam Kosi Yankey-Ayeh at the graduation said the Young Africa Works was to create 39,000 jobs nationwide and the Agency was gradually working to achieve the goal.

She urged the beneficiaries to “go out into the world and transform people around you. Do not sleep on your start-ups kits and tools that you have been given but go and create jobs for yourselves and people around.”

” Once we see that you are doing well, we will come back and assist you to grow your business bigger,” Madam Yankey-Ayerh said.

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