Accra graduands in a group picture
A total of 378 young people have graduated from the YIEDIE Soft Skills Training programme in Accra and Sekondi-Takoradi. The two simultaneous events were organised by Youth Empowerment Synergy (YES-Ghana) under the Youth Inclusive Entrepreneurial Development Initiative for Employment (YIEDIE) project.
In all, 197 youth, made up of 124 male and 73 female, graduated in Accra, with 116 (100 male and 16 female) graduating in Sekondi-Takoradi. An additional 65 graduands from Year 1, who had not completed their modules at the time of the first graduation, also passed out in both locations, after successfully fulfilling all graduation requirements.
Mr. Ayi presents a certificate to a graduand
The YIEDIE Project Manager at YES-Ghana, Emmanuel Nomafo, in his speech, threw more light on YES-Ghana’s component of YIEDIE. He indicated that between June and August, 2016, at least, 1,181 young people have started training with YES-Ghana in 24 training centres across Accra, Tema, Ashaiman and Sekondi-Takoradi.
Maxwell Ashon, YIEDIE Policy and Sustainability Specialist, gave an overview of the project, highlighting the recruitment and mobilisation role of YES-Ghana on the 5-year project and plans currently underway to commence implementation in Kumasi, the fifth YIEDIE location, by the end of September, 2016.
In his keynote address on ‘Harnessing Opportunities in the Construction Sector’, Mr. Amos Ayi, Principal of Teshie Technical Training Centre, outlined some ‘untapped’ opportunities in the local construction sector. Mr. Ayi encouraged graduands to explore beyond the already known opportunities in the sector to chart new paths for others to follow and create similar prospects for other young people to be gainfully employed.
Mr. Amos Ayi delivering the keynote address
Four YIEDIE Entrepreneurs, comprising two each from Accra and Sekondi-Takoradi, shared their success stories. YIEDIE Entrepreneurs are soft skills trainees who, upon completion of the training, have set up construction- related businesses. The young entrepreneurs encouraged graduands to focus on their plans to establish businesses, inspiring graduands with stories of how they (entrepreneurs) surmounted challenges at various stages before establishing their businesses.
Sekondi-Takoradi graduands in a group picture with invited guests