The Youth Employment Agency (YEA) has begun the maiden edition of the Western Regional Job, Career and Entrepreneurship Fair in Takoradi.
The purpose of the fair seeks to provide jobs and entrepreneurial opportunities closer to the residents of the region in order to cushion the government One Million Jobs Initiative.
It is also to give the Agency (YEA), the platform to contribute its quota to government in ensuring that employment is reduced in the country.
The fair which is dubbed: “Entrepreneurship Pitch” Fair aims at introducing the youth to entrepreneurship and start-up pitches.
The Job Centre has been operational and has provided some Ghanaian youth with sustainable employment opportunities. The YEA in partnership with the private sector, through the Job Centre has facilitated over 1200 employment opportunities for the youth who registered on their portal.
A lot of young people in the western region yesterday embarked on a float through the principal streets of Takoradi to make known to the public especially the unemployed youth about the job fair and the need for them to participate.
The programme is being supported by SNV Ghana Green through the the Green Job Fair and SDG Ghana.
Director for Corporate Affairs of Youth Emmanuel Kwesi Afriyie told journalists that the fair would serve as a turning point in the lives of the youth in the western region as a result of the booming Oil and Gas exploration businesses that have the potential to employ more youth in the artisans trade areas of the economy.
He stated that the youth with business ideas will sail through the entrepreneurial pitch successfully would receive the necessary support in order to engage other job seekers.
“It is my expectation that business that are participating in the Fair shall meet their human resource needs.” he said.
Mr. Afriyie’s therefore, called on the business and job seekers to offer the necessary corporation to make the fair successful and historic.
Mr. Frankline Leonards, the Consultant of the fair, I in an interview said, they have brought a lot of employers to engage with job seekers and provide them with employment.
He stressed that, the fair would also provide opportunities for the youth to learn how to prepare CVs, interviews and give grants from 1,000 to 10,000 cedis to entrepreneurs who have viable business plans.
Source: Ghananest.com|Matthew O.A. Dadzie