The United Nation Sustainable Development Goal 4: specifies inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunity for all by 2030, and there is a need to substantial increase in the number of youth and adult with relevant skills to gain good employment, acquire decent jobs and pursue entrepreneurial skills. One of the flagship programs of the National Youth Authority is the Skill towards Employment and Productivity (STEP) Programme seeks to provide job for skilled unemployed youth between the ages of 18 to 35 to help mitigate the economic impact of COVID 19.

The intervention also known as the Livelihood Artisanal Trade and Vocational Skill Training is tailor made to give training to the youth who have some skills but needs polish up on basic financial management, marketing and branding, leadership and team work to turn into entrepreneurship and employment opportunities.

The Upper East Regional Director of the National Youth Authority Francis Takyi Koranteng in an interview indicated that as part of the programme, every region and district have been given quota to recruit skilled but unemployed youth within their operational areas for a two weeks generic training after signing up for this project. Mr Takyi Koranteng encouraged qualified youth to pick up forms from the District offices of the National Youth Authority adding apart from building networks and gaining visibility for their works, beneficiaries of the project will get start up tools as well as have work places rented out to them. He explained the modalities after one has signed up for the Skill towards Employment and Productivity (STEP) Programme.

Another flagship programme of the National Youth Authority is the Youth and Leadership Training Institute that provide relevant skill training to the youth to gain employment, decent job and pursue entrepreneurship. Here in the Upper East Region we have the Sandema Youth Leadership and Skills Training Institute and in the North East Region there is the Nalerigu Youth Leadership and Skills Training Institute. Like many of our state-owned institutions these training institutes are bedeviled with teething challenges but for all intent and purpose, the reasoning behind their setting up is noble. Recently Ghana joined the rest of Africa to celebrate the youth on the occasion of the Africa Youth Week set aside by the African Union Commission to promote an increased awareness and recognition of young Africans as critical agents of positive change. There was clarion call to enhance the development and empowering of Ghanaian youth through various activities and programs.

 Apexnewsgh.com/Ghana/ Contributor Prosper Adaakai

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