The German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ) has held a three-day capacity training course for Female Motorcycle and Solar Technician (FEMMSTECH) entrepreneurs in Tamale, the Northern Region capital, as part of efforts to equip them with the right technical skills.
The programme combines technical education and workshops on soft skills – such as sales, internal communication, and health and safety at the workplace – and aims to boost female employment by training Ghanaian women in technical professions.
It also seeks to ensure at least 90 percent of women complete the solar technician and motorcycle mechanics training course per year.
Since inception of the project in 2016, a total of 126 females – including 92 solar technicians and 34 motor mechanics, have successfully graduated after taking part in the external examination conducted by the National Vocational Training Institute (NVTI).
Upon graduation, the female graduates are awarded with Proficiency 1 certificates and basic start-up toolboxes to promote their transition to work.
A moderator of the workshop, Kabutey Doku – who is an Advisor at theGhanaian-German Centre for Jobs under the GIZ project, said it important to encourage more women go into technical fields.
He noted that a few months after graduation 15 of the girls were employed, and more are undergoing internships at various institutions.
More importantly, he said the project is supporting the integration of women in the labour market; particularly in the sectors of photovoltaic appliances and two-wheeled vehicles.
“Unemployment among women in Ghana is worsening, and in this project GIZ is helping women of Northern Ghana to increase their employment prospects in two niche markets,” he said.
Dakurah Zita, a solar technician student at St Mary Vocational Training Institute, commended GIZ for the training, saying that it will go a long way to help sustain their businesses.