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The West Gonja District Business Advisory Center (BAC) of the Rural Enterprises project (REP) has appealed to the youth to register with the centre to benefit from the program.
BAC disclosed this when it supported graduates of the programme’s community base skills training with apprenticeship support kits to enable them start practicing their trade.
Addressing people in a meeting, Mr. Alidu Ewura of BAC stated that his out fit had trained a total of 944 unemployed youth in 24 communities.
This number he said, is made up of 330 females and 614 males and noted that the provision of Graduate Apprenticeship Support Kits is one of the services provided by the BAC under the REP to give upcoming entrepreneurs the required tools to start work after undergoing skill training with the BAC.
The Zonal Co-ordinator of REP, Madam Ohene Ampofo said the presentation marks a new era in the lives of people who have acquired skills but lack the requisite tools to practice and urged the beneficiaries to take good care of the tools to ensure that it last long.
The District Chief Executive, Hon. Janet Jambia Alhassan said the apprenticeship support kits provided by the REP is a novelty of government to ensure increase productivity, reduce unemployment and poverty in the country.
The DCE stated that government is targeting the rural folk through the REP concept because majority of the citizens of the country live in rural areas.
She was also optimistic that the 0.5% decline in the poverty incidence in the district in 2007 would further be reduced in the years to come because of the social friendly policies implemented by government such as National Health Insurance Scheme, National Youth Employment Programme and the District Industrialization Program which is about to take off.
In all 35 people were presented with tools to start work as Hairdressing, Black Smiths Dressmakers, Vulcanizers Leather workers, Carpenters, Bicycle Repairs and Masons.