The Ashanti Regional Director of Technical Vocational Education Training (TVET) Service, Richard Addo Gyamfi, has underscored benefits of the link between green jobs and TVET.
According to him, the TVET and green jobs is not just a theoretical concept but a sure way to a sustainable and inclusive future.
Mr. Addo Gyamfi was giving the keynote address at the final EU, SNV Job fair in Kumasi on the theme ‘Career Prospects in TVET: The nexus of green jobs for inclusive transformational development’, and observed that even though the green jobs and inclusive development is inspiring, it comes along with its own challenges.
He mentioned funding, curriculum development and ensuring the relevance of TVET programmes are major hurdles that need to be addressed – but was quick to add that these challenges bring with them opportunities for innovation, collaboration and investments.
We must invest in TVET, promote green jobs and work toward a future wherein our planet is healthier, our economies are stronger and our societies more inclusive, as this will help prepare the youth and workforce for the future green economy’s challenges and opportunities.
“Governments, private sector stakeholders and civil society must work together to create an enabling environment for green TVET initiatives to thrive. I must acknowledge the GrEEn Project for their immense support toward developing a curriculum that shapes the minds of Ghanaian youth to align with sustainable options in TVET,” he said.
Project Manager-Boosting Green Employment and Enterprise Opportunities in Ghana (GrEEn), Laouali Sadda, speaking on the GrEEn Job Fair’s relevance, noted that it is a means to promote job creation and the growth of local businesses.
“Today’s Green Regional Job Fair has two main objectives: to inspire young people into seeking and exploring green job opportunities and solutions in TVET; and then exposing participants to career pathway opportunities within the green value chain in WASH, Agriculture and Renewable energy. We will also be providing business development support to entrepreneurs and encouraging more youth to kick-start their green businesses. We are dedicated to promote sustainable job creation,” he said.
About GrEEn Job Fair
This year’s GrEEn Job Fair brought together over 500 jobseekers, employers and exhibitors from the green and circular economy. Over 40 businesses registered to participate in the job fair, offering jobs to youth, women and returning migrants who participated in the GrEEn Job Fair.
SNV Netherlands Development Organisation – under its European Union in Ghana-funded GrEEn Project – organised the third and last of its GrEEn Regional Job Fairs in the Ashanti Region in partnership with the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations, Ghana TVET Service, Association of Ghana Industries (AGI), Labour Department and Ghana Chamber of Young Entrepreneurs.