Young people especially, students have been advised to explore to gain ICT skills to better position their lives in the job field after school.
The Academic Head of OpenLabs Ghana, Takoradi campus, Gabriel Sarpong Dadzie, who made the advice said technology has taken a new trend in the global world where it provides students with easy-to-access information, accelerated learning, and fun opportunities t practice what they learn.
He stressed that when the youth gain knowledge in information technology, it will influence their lifestyle, give them employable skill and promote them become entrepreneurs.
He added that once the youth has something to do, they will not be on the streets walking aimlessly but will rather become very responsible and good asset to society because they are engaged.
Mr. Dadzie emphasised on the need to ensure the youth explore the necessary skills in IT to break every barrier and impediments in their way after school and also to equip them with the necessary knowledge and skills needed for a digital future.
He stressed that young people are natives of the digital realm, but relatively only few of them possesses the skills needed in the digital economy and employers around the world are struggling to find skilled professionals equipped with the technical and soft skill they needed.
Mr. Gabriel Sarpong Dadzie made the remarks at a Robotics and 3D Painting Exhibition training programme organised by OpenLabs Ghana, Takoradi campus in collaboration with Metro branch of Ghana Education Service for both basic school and secondary school students in the Western Region.
Participating schools include; Archbishop Porter Girls, Axim Girls Senior High School, Takoradi Technical Institute, Ponty International School, the Nest Academy among others.
They were taken through a new prototype speed ramp and street light machines designed by students of the Electronic Department Of the Takoradi Technical Institute (TTI).
The purpose of the training was to help the students design a system to take off the traffic and street light from the national grid so that any power outage will not affect it.
The Academic Head of OpenLabs Ghana, Takoradi campus, Gabriel Sarpong Dadzie, in an interview after the training said the prototype speed ramp and street light when implemented will reduce the amount of load on the national grid.
The participating students who were happy over what they learned shared their readiness to use ICT to demonstrate their preparedness in the job market after school.