The National Vocational Training Institute (NVTI) has announced plans to provide free vocational training for women apprentices in the Savelugu Municipality of the Northern Region.
The move forms part of efforts to enhance the skill value of rural women to prepare the youth for employment to meet shop floor artisanal requirements of industry, and also for self-employment in reducing Ghana’s unemployment rate.
The Northern Regional Director of the NVTI, Ivy Yeboah, made this known during the presentation of newly-sewn African prints by students of NVTI in the region to the less privileged in some communities within the Municipality.
The donation, in collaboration with the NVTI and Ghana National Association of Garment Makers (GNAGM), forms part of the corporate social responsibility of the two organisations in giving back to society as well enhancing entrepreneurial skills in the youth.
The communities include Naboggu, Diari, Pong-Tamale among others
Madam Ivy underscored the important role of women in the economy, saying that the ability of the women to acquire skills can help in addressing family needs – and therefore urged them to pursue vocational skills to help create jobs for themselves.
“Vocational training enables adolescent girls to earn an income and build crucial life-skills. But programmes must also engage the private sector to be successful, and it is women who play significant roles at home and in driving the economy; and, therefore, there is need for them to be provided with needed skills that will help contribute to family needs,” she stated.
She added that most women lack access to financial capital, and have limited opportunities to gain education, knowledge and skills which can lead to economic advancement
She also urged the women to engage in some trading activities and not to rely on white collar jobs that do not exist.
According to her: “Training at the institute is free but individuals have to pay for the NVTI examinations, and be tested through a practical session in order to acquire an NVTI-certified certificate”.
She lamented that financial and resource constraints have been hampering their activities in ensuring effective training of the younger generation.
She reiterated government’s commitment to support the Vocational Institutes to train more of the youth to create job opportunities in the country.
The Municipal Chief Executive of Savelugu, Hajia Ayisha Seidu, in receiving the items on behalf of the communities expressed gratitude to the NVTI and GNAGM for the donation: saying the gesture will motivate the youth to venture into the sector since the products are made by their colleagues.
She said support for the local industries and also patronage of local products boosts business activities in the rural areas, thereby reducing the migration of youth to the urban areas in search of menial jobs.
She stressed that the provision of technical and vocational skills to the youths will put the economy on the right path, because the country will be equipped with business-oriented individuals capable of setting up their own businesses as well as having the ability to employ many people.
Hajia Seidu encouraged the youth to venture into entrepreneurship and also take advantage of the existence of NTVI to acquire professional skills to improve their businesses.
She advised the youth to harness their talents to establish businesses and earn an income, rather than to focus on limited white-collar jobs of which most do not pay well.
She reiterated the Assembly’s commitment to collaborate with NVTI on providing technical support to youth in the area to help expand training activities there.