The Youth Employment Agency (YEA) has announced plans to provide 12,000 jobs every month, this year.
The agency, which is responsible for training unemployed youth between the ages of 15 and 35 years in various skill modules, began to roll out its plans in collaboration with the Ghana Police Service.
Acting Chief Executive of YEA, Kobina Beecham Jnr., said this during a technical workshop on enabling youth potential in Ghana.
“We were given a target of 100,000 youth to employ in 2016. To achieve that objective, we have to develop a strategy, and essentially our strategy was first of all to strengthen our internal capacity, partner with credible organisations, execute and then monitor,” he stated.
“We are partnering primarily with public sector organisations and private sector organisations. We started our programme this year in collaboration with the Ghana Police Service. It was an excellent idea because the Ghana Police Service had essentially given us the benchmark against which to measure all our other programmes with all other agencies, be it public or private.
“Our business module was to recruit, to train, to deploy, and employ. They helped us to develop this business module and then together we are executing it.
“We anticipate rolling out an average of 12,000 jobs every month until the end of the year; that is essentially the plan for the rest of the year,” he said.
Meanwhile, the World Bank Group, which organised the workshop said though an election year may not be the best time to implement new policies, the workshop was a success.
Magdalena Honorati, a Senior Economist with the Group, said: “I think we are very much satisfied with the outcomes of the workshop and we accomplished what we meant to achieve.
“We will continue as World Bank to engage and to work closely with the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations and Minister of Youth to move the dialogue further. Because we are in an election year so it is also sensitive. Political environments may not be the best to start implementing new initiatives but definitely a very good time to reflect on which are the possible policy option to move forwards.”