Cape Coast, Oct 15, GNA – The Central Regional Secretariat of the Youth Enterprise and Skills Development Center (YESDEC) has since last year September, trained about 1,500 youths out of its target of 2,500 in the various vocations including, hairdressing, tailoring, carpentry and small scale businesses.
Apart from the training, the youth are also given start-up tools to support them in the establishment of their own businesses as part of YESDEC’s aim of helping determined unemployed youth to gain a vocation of their own to stem unemployment and poverty.
At a programme to start the training of 510 beneficiaries in Cape Coast at the weekend, on the theme: “growing new business for young men and women,” Mr Ebo Barton-Odro, Member of Parliament for Cape Coast, encouraged the youth to focus on setting up their own business rather than concentrating on white-color jobs.
He said it was the surest way of solving the unemployment problem in the country and added that skills training for the youth should be encouraged to also check over dependency on the few who were in business.
Mr Odro, who is also the Deputy Attorney General and Minister of Justice, used his personal experience in vocational training, as an example to the youth saying he learnt tailoring as a young man to encourage them to work hard in whatever vocation or business they found themselves.
They should also work to improve themselves and their own jobs adding that more youths should avail themselves of the opportunity being provided.
The Regional Coordinator of YESDEC, Mr Gyamfi Dawood was of the hope that the training of its 2,500 target would be carried out for more youths to receive vocations such as sewing, carpentry and hairdressing among others.
The Cape Coast Coordinator for YESDEC, Ishmael Abakah, said the start-up kits given to the trainees were to enable them to have a smooth start whilst those who already had their own vocation but did not have enough money to buy equipment were also given the equipment on credit to be paid within 18 months.
Mr Kwaku Adarkwa, Regional Manager of National Board for Small Scale Industries, advised the youths to take the vocation they were learning seriously and take good care of the equipment to be given them in order to make profit to expand.