Youth Empowerment Synergy (YES-Ghana ), an implementing partner of the Youth Inclusive Entrepreneurial Development Initiative for Employment (YIEDIE), has graduated 715 youth from its soft skills training programme. The graduation ceremony, the 5th since the inception of the youth development initiative, was held in Accra, Tema, Ashaiman and Sekondi-Takoradi, four of the five implementing locations of the five-year project. The 5th location, Kumasi, is expected to hold its maiden graduation ceremony in April after the Ashanti regional capital was rolled on to the project late 2016.
In all, 373 male and 342 female graduated across the four locations after successfully undergoing training in financial literacy, entrepreneurial skills and life skills and work readiness. Sekondi-Takoradi emerged the location with the highest number of soft skills graduates with a total of 237 young people, made up of 115 male and 122 female. The Ashaiman event saw 188 youth graduating. Out of this number, 95 are male and 93 female. The Accra and Tema graduation class figures were 163 and 127 respectively. In Accra, 99 male and 64 female made up the total graduation figure of 163, while 64 young men and 63 young women made up the total number for the Tema graduation.
The Sekondi-Takoradi graduating class pose with invited guests
The graduation also witnessed the first graduation for 92 female, out of the total 715 graduates, from YES-Ghana’s All-Female Class, an initiative rolled out as part of the project to boost higher female turn out for the project. The All-female class implies the setting up of at least one soft skills training class in each location solely for female trainees. This innovation is expected to receive a major boost, with the setting up of more all-female classes in each location to shore up female participation in the construction-focused project.
The Ashaiman All-female class display their certificates
YIEDIE is a five-year project aimed at recruiting and training 23,700 young people between 17 and 24 years to acquire employable construction technical or entrepreneurial skills. The project is being implemented in five of Ghana’s biggest cities, Accra, Tema, Kumasi, Sekondi-Takoradi and Ashaiman by a consortium of organisations including Youth Empowerment Synergy, OIC-Ghana, African Aurora Business Network, HFC-Boafo and Artisans Association of Ghana, with Global Communities being the lead implementer.