There is no doubt that the youth of any country merit as their basic human right, the opportunity to work and to contribute to the development of their country. The objective of providing employment for the youth of Ghana, both to enable them support the national effort, as well as to plan for their own future security, has always remained a central aspect of government’s developmental agenda. Recognition is given to the need to strap up the innate talents and energies of the youth to further enhance the achievement of these important goals, hence government’s emplacing on human resource development as a major pillar in the growth and accelerated development agenda. It remains steadfast in its commitment to deliver in these areas. A registration exercise of unemployed youth in 2001 was to give a good understanding of the nature and scope of the unemployment situation among the youth so as to be able to deal with it very effectively. From this position, the government undertook the Skills Training and Employment Placement Programme as a start, to give readily employable skills to youth and also to provide them with employment opportunities. The success of this programme can be found in many young men and women who have gone on to start small businesses for themselves while others have been employed by various established organizations. It is imperative to continue the improvement of these measures, thus our desire to implement a more comprehensive and integrated system of engaging the attention of the youth positively. While the introduction of the Technical, Vocation and Education Testing Policy (TVET) will help to sharpen the technical and vocational skills of our young men and women and make them more competitive and therefore supports the human resource development programme, it was also desired that they be placed in employment opportunities that are productive and rewarding. The Ghana Youth Job Corps Programme or Youth Employment... [continues]
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