By Albert Futukpor, GNA
(N/R), Sept 9, GNA – Thirty youth comprising 20 males and 10 females from the
Sagnarigu and Mion Assemblies have undergone a year and a half’s training in fashion and design, carpentry,
masonry and welding to offer them self-employable skills to lead meaningful
As part of the
training, they also took both practical and oral test examinations conducted by
the National Vocational Training Institute (NVTI) where they passed, and were
each given a set up tool kits to establish their own businesses in their
implemented by NORSAAC, a non-governmental organisation, as part of its Youth
Livelihood Empowerment project, which was supported by Tools for Self-reliance,
an organisation based in the United Kingdom.
seeks to provide sustainable livelihood skills for young people, and NORSAAC
used its apprenticeship model for the training where the beneficiaries were
attached to master craftsmen to learn the skills.
This was the
second phase of the project. Under the first phase, 15 young people in the Mion
District were trained in welding, electricals, amongst others.
Ukasha, Livelihood and Entrepreneurship Development Manager at NORSAAC, who
spoke during the graduation of the trainees at Shishegu, a suburb of Sagnarigu
in the Northern Region over the weekend, said the graduands would also benefit
from NORSAAC’s revolving fund to help expand their businesses.
Mr Ukasha said
NORSAAC would keenly monitor the progress of the businesses of the
beneficiaries, adding efforts would be made to link them to potential investors
and clients to help sustain their businesses as well as improve their revenue
He advised the
beneficiaries to work hard to sustain their businesses saying NORSAAC would
sign a two-year contract with them where they would be offered necessary
support to ensure that they succeeded.
Yeboah, Northern Regional Coordinator of NVTI, commended NORSAAC for training
the youth in self-employable skills, saying this would go a long way to complement
government’s efforts to reduce youth unemployment in the country.
advised the youth to embrace technical and vocational education by acquiring
skills to lead meaningful lives urging other NGOs to emulate NORSAAC’s project
to help reduce unemployment in the country.
Ibrahim, one of the beneficiaries, who received training in fashion and design,
said the training was a turning point in her life as she was now in a position
to work for a decent living as well as contribute to national development.