Vocational training

Ghana: 654 girls complete vocational training programs

About 654 girls have successfully completed one-year vocational training in various disciplines under the Network for Enterprise Development Learning through Sewing (NEEDLES) for Girls – (N4G) project.

The training focused on dressmaking, aesthetics which includes makeup, hair styling and braiding, and accessory making including beading and millinery.

An initiative of the Samira Empowerment and Humanitarian Project (SEHP) and the Ghana Export and Import Bank (EXIMBANK), the project was expected to help tackle high unemployment in disadvantaged communities in parts of the country by targeting vulnerable young girls and empowering them with employment and entrepreneurial skills.

It was implemented with the support of Invest for Jobs, an initiative of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the N4G project.

The girls were from Accra, Kumasi and Tamale communities in Greater Accra, Ashanti and Northern regions respectively.

Mrs. Samira Bawumia, wife of the Vice President, speaking at the graduation ceremony for 350 girls in Accra, said yesterday that the importance of women’s economic empowerment, especially through training professionalism and capacity building, for the advancement of society cannot be overemphasized.

She said the fashion, beauty and creative arts industry has enormous potential globally to enhance job creation and create decent incomes for many, especially women, hence the need to pay a lot of attention to these sectors.

“Empowering young women to become not only wage earners but also job creators is imperative to achieving the 2030 Agenda and eradicating poverty. When women exercise greater control over economic resources, more women will be able to work and earn an income and, in the process, empower actors in the informal sectors to expand their financial decision-making power,” he said. she noted.

Investing for Jobs Team Leader John Duti reported that around 80% of graduates from the three sites had been employed by facilitating training agencies under the project.

He said others had been linked to other agencies for internships and possible employment “through those organisations’ wider networks”, while the rest were self-employed.

The team leader observed that the high youth unemployment rate could partly be blamed for the level of moral decay across the country and “this must force us to reflect and adopt pragmatic measures to ensure that our young people , especially girls and women, find decent jobs.”

Mr. Duti said it was with this in mind that BMZ had pledged to partner with SEHP to reach many more young women and equip them with employable skills.

“The N4G project is currently moving to Takoradi and Bolgatanga and will be expanded to all 16 regions of Ghana to ensure that we have skilled and well-trained workers in Ghana’s fashion, textile and beauty industries as we let’s create more jobs for our young women.”

The graduation ceremony was crowned with a fashion show and an exhibition of products made by some graduates.