The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Global Communities to create economic opportunities in the construction industry for disadvantaged youths, under the Youth Inclusive Entrepreneurial Development initiative for Employment (YIEDIE) project.
The project which is in partnership with MasterCard Foundation, seeks to improve the capacity of the youth and train them in the area of technical construction skills in order to grow and start their own business.
The Chief Executive of the AMA, Mohammed Adjei Sowah, who signed the MoU on behalf of the Assembly stressed the need for Ghanaian artisans to change their attitude towards work to guarantee job security.
“One key objective that I believe this project seeks to address is about the attitude of our artisans. It is because of their attitude that many of them are not able to get jobs to do and those who get the jobs are even laid off …I see a bouquet of training business development, matching people with opportunities, mentoring them so that we have a total development of our artisans,” he said.
“A lot of foreign Nationals especially from the West African Sub Region are flourishing in the construction industry because they do their work with precision and are time conscious,” he added.
Mr. Mohammed Adjei Sowah described youth unemployment as a threat to National Security adding that the phenomenon could only be addressed through continues training of the youth to meet the opportunities that are available.
“As we continue to create the jobs, I believe our youth should also be trained and prepared for the jobs. Government, believe the private sector is the engine of growth so we create the necessarily environment for the private sector to thrive. The YIEDIE project is one and they are doing a lot of work,” he observed.
He assured the Assembly’s commitment to support and create the necessary environment to address youth unemployment in the city.
Mr. Alberto Wilde, Ghana Country Director for Global Communities in a remark said YIEDIE was designed to apply an integrated youth-led market-systems model to improve the capacity of youth and service providers across the construction value chain in five of Ghana’s six largest cities—Accra, Kumasi, Sekondi-Takoradi, Ashaiman and Tema.
He pointed out that the interventions would lead to an increase in youth employment in the construction sector while creating a model for youth entry and success in construction as well as increase apprentices’ employment rate in the city.
He said the project was expected to reach at least 23,700 disadvantaged youth between the ages of 17 and 24 year in these cities who have dropped out of school with training in technical, life and/or entrepreneurship skills leading to employment and increased income and savings.
Founded in 1952, Global Communities serves more than 20 million people worldwide each year, empowering them to improve their lives and livelihoods for a better world.
Global Communities has implemented programs in about 80 countries around the world: Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe and the Caucasus, and the Middle East.
In Ghana, Global Communities engages stakeholders in deprived urban and rural communities to increase constructive participation in governance, inclusive planning and budgeting processes as well as increase revenue generation to improve service provision.