The Ghana International Education Exhibition and Idea Factory, dubbed (EducataGhana 2020) has been structured to include a job-fair that links employers looking to hire two or more people permanently or on internship basis with job seekers.
The programme is organised by the German Industry and Commerce in Ghana (AHK Ghana) and its associates, and is slated to run from October 19 – 20, 2020, at the Movenpick Hotel Accra, and will also be available virtually due to COVID-19 restrictions.
This year’s WducataGhana, which is the second edition, will also host an innovation challenge in search of ground-breaking ideas that contribute to a smarter business environment in Ghana.
Special Advisor, Ghana-German Centre, GIZ, Kweku Yeboah, speaking to the media indicated that the WducataGhana programme presents GIZ an opportunity to introduce its flagship Ghana job-fair event to provide an opportunity for employers and employees to interface; adding that the organisation has early-on undertaken a virtual training workshop to groom job seekers with the requisite soft skills for employment.
“EducataGhana opportunity is being exploited to provide people with the opportunity to get hired; we have a unique package for employers who sign up, because we do acknowledge the challenge of COVID-19 and its impact on employment. So, we do have a package that we are developing to help employers who will be hiring to help them sustain their businesses,” he said.
Responding to the preparedness of companies to hire, considering that many have laid-off staff due to the global pandemic, he indicated that companies are gradually bouncing back from the impacts of COVID-19 and some are re-strategising – which has made it possible for them to hire more. “So far, about 20 companies have registered already and are prepared to hire; and we are looking forward to getting about 50 companies or more,” he emphasised
A delegate of German Industry and Commerce in Ghana, Dr. Michael Blank, stated that as an agency it gives them great joy to be create such a platform for many Ghanaian youths to get connected with employers and subsequently get hired to empower them economically.
He further added that the event will through its German partners focus on entrepreneurship coaching and training for young Ghanaians who want to embark on the entrepreneurship journey.
EducataGhana 2020, is a sequel to the 2018 edition that brought together over 1,900 participants, 30 exhibitors and 15 sponsors/institutional partners. To be held under the theme ‘Development and jobs for Ghana’, the event will cover major education areas such as Basic and Higher Education, Technical, Vocational Education and Training (TVET), and Entrepreneurship.
Participants, both physical and virtual, will have the opportunity to take part in discussions of relevant topics that focus on the education and business sectors of Ghana. There will also be exhibitions which are powered by the Ghanaian German Centre for Jobs, Migration and Reintegration to match employers with job seekers.
Also present at the press launch was a representative from the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS), who indicated that the Minister of Education, Matthew Opoku Prempeh, has accepted an invitation to be present at the event – likewise the Running Mate for NDC, Jane Mensah, as well as flag-bearers of some other political parties in the country.