Ghana Enterprise Agency is set to to provide entrepreneurship training to 50,000 youths and support a number of them with start-up grants under the Ghana Jobs and Skils Project.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Enterprise Agency Mrs. Kosi Yankey-Ayeh made this disclosure on Monday this week, at a press launch of the YouStart District Entrepreneurship Programme in Accra, and to officially open the YouStart application portal,which will be open for 6 weeks to provide the first phase of support to potential beneficiaries.
The first phase will be the YouStart Ghana Jobs and Skills Programme, which will focus on training and the provision of grants to selected beneficiaries who complete the training programme.
The programme, with funding support from the World Bank, is also intended to complement the government’s efforts to reduce the country’s high rate of youth unemployment.
The CEO emphasised that the YouStart programme was set up specifically to support the youth, as the project was currently being implemented by various agencies and ministries.
These Organisations, according to her, were the Ministry of Youth and Sports , Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations, Ministry of Finance, Ghana Enterprise Agency, National Entrepreneurship and Innovation Programme, National Youth Authority, Youth Employment Agency, and many more.
“,The focus is persons of 18 years and above with minimum education of BECE, school dropouts, and those who are willing to start a business”, she added.
In a speech delivered on behalf of the Finance Minister,Ken Ofori Atta, by the Deputy Minister Hon. John Kumah, he said by producing one million jobs for young people over the course of three years, the YouStart District Entrepreneurship Programme sought to reduce barriers for current and potential young children entrepreneurs throughout the 216 districts in the country.
Again he stated in his speech that there would be many phases with this intervention. Also at the middle of this year, the pilot phase was implemented an successfully supported 46 individual beneficiaries and eight groups and associations with membership between six and 45 persons across the country…..Story by Bugbila Moadow.