By Ansu Kofi Richard, B/A
The National Youth Authority (NYA) in collaboration with Barclays Bank Ghana, has organized a “ReadytoWork Project Orientation Seminar” at the University of Ghana Learning Centre at Sunyani.
ReadytoWork, was aimed to offer skills for the teeming unemployed youth to enable them acquaint themselves to the working environment in the areas of curricula writing, interview techniques, networking, skills at work, work experience, maintaining work, to gain confidence and self awareness, personal impact.
Mr. Solomon Agyemfrah, the coordinator for ReadytoWork and the Guest Speaker, in his speech disclosed that the rate of unemployment in Africa and Ghana to be precise was not encouraging.
According to him, Studies indicates that about 65 percent of graduates in Ghana are unemployed and can be found among the bracket ages of 15-24 years.
ReadytoWork, he said was a project that seeks to address the dire situation of unemployment in Ghana. He acknowledged that 100,000 graduates were unemployed in 2008 and about 250,000 graduates enter the working market annually with only 5,000 getting job opportunities.
He, however, indicated that ReadytoWork movement was not guaranteeing jobs to the public but was aimed at delivering skills and preparing young people in Ghana and across Africa for the world of work.
Mr. Agyemfrah, classified the skills offering the beneficiaries into four major curriculum; WORK, PEOPLE, MONEY and ENTERPRISE.
He additionally stated that ReadytoWork was online based and has accreditation from the British Council, thus, awarding a certificate after completing the studies.