The government has been entreated to accelerate training for the youth in order to prepare them for the emerging economy.
For Mr. Israel Titi Ofei, Director of the Design and Technology Institute (DTI), it is a duty for private sector players to offer ‘meaningful’ employment opportunities for this group of persons.
This he says will lead to economic growth and transform societies from poverty to shared prosperity as well as boost incomes to help citizens thrive.
“Youth unemployment is a vicious cycle; as the young people remain excluded from the job market for a long time, they fail to acquire the skills that the future employers will be looking for.
“There is an urgent need to recognize youth employment as a priority in public policies and for the private sector to offer young people more and meaningful employment,” he said.
Mr. Titi Ofei was speaking at the maiden graduation ceremony of the Institute held at the school’s premises on Thursday.
A total of 32 students, earning degrees from various programmes of technology and innovation, were graduated on the day.
Addressing the graduands as well as dignitaries, Mr. Ofei explained that there should be enough training for the youth in order to acquaint them with requisite skills.
He said this will equip the youth to take advantage of the benefits of technological advances.
“By the year 2030, 24 million jobs will be created in the energy sector and the circular economy. There is a real need to accelerate the training of the youth in readiness for the emerging economy and to take advantage of the benefits of technological advances.
“The onus is upon us to provide them with social protection to facilitate their transition into new jobs,” he stressed.
Mr. Titi Ofei also stated that DTI aims to become West Africa’s premier industrial job training and prototype center within 10 years, expanding across ECOWAS to graduate over 20,000 students annually.
In 2019, DTI signed a partnership agreement with the MasterCard Foundation to provide training to 1,000 youth for the next three years under the “Young Africa Works Strategy.”
The institute is expected to further train 5,000 master craftsmen in precision quality and 1,000 SMEs to improve their capacity to meet the skills demand of the market.
The Center for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is also collaborating with DTI to provide technical assistance to students, particularly in the development of prototype products for the Ghanaian market and sub-region.
Story by: Ebo Daniel | universnewsroom.com