The Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Evolvin’ Women, a talent sourcing platform for women in hospitality based in the United Arab Emirates.
Evolvin’ Women is a social enterprise that connects hospitality businesses to women from developing countries who lack access to quality hospitality training and employment opportunities due to personal, political or cultural circumstances. Women join the Evolvin’ Women Pop-Up Academy and, together with educational partners, prepare to secure international entry-level employment with a view of returning to a job in their home country where they become a contributor to their family, community and national economic growth.
The Pop-Up Academy is a 15-month programme that includes three months of interviews, face-to-face and online training, and 12 months’ work experience in the United Arab Emirates. Participants will be able to learn and apply skills through on-job training and return to a job in Ghana at the programme’s end.
Assia Riccio, Founder of Evolvin’ Women said: “This memorandum is a testament to the commitment GTA has toward advancing women in tourism and hospitality. It is an important step forward because we now have a voice in Ghana to further promote equality of opportunity and achieve our common goals through joint effort and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) #4, #5 and #8 at a higher level”.
The MoU was signed following the Women in Tourism Ghana Summit on June 21st, organised by GTA, the Ministry of Tourism, Art and Culture, and Africa Tourism Partners. The Summit brought together over 400 delegates from both the private and public sectors to address challenges woman face in the industry and opportunities for development. The MoU is the first tangible action put in place as a result of the discussions that emerged during the Summit.
Akwasi Agyeman, CEO of Ghana Tourism Authority said: “Capacity building and training in Ghana’s hospitality Industry is critical. We therefore see this programme targetting women as an important step in providing a learning and training platform for our women. We are excited with this partnership”.
As well as advocating for the advancement of women in the hospitality industry in Ghana, both organisations will collaborate on capacity building and training by bringing Evolvin’ Women to the Ghana market.