Youth Employment YEA to provide 12,000 jobs a month for remainder of 2016

The Youth Employment Authority (YEA) has said it has put in place a strategy to roll out 12,000 jobs per month for the rest of the year to meet their target of creating 100,000 jobs this year.

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Haruna Iddrisu, Employment and Labour Minister play Haruna Iddrisu, Employment and Labour Minister
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The Youth Employment Authority (YEA) has said it has put in place a strategy to roll out 12,000 jobs per month for the rest of the year to meet their target of creating 100,000 jobs this year.

Citi News reports YEA Acting Director, Kobina Beecham, saying he is “supremely confident” they can deliver the strategy.

In November last year Mahama_5President John Dramani Mahama announced that the Youth Employment Agency (YEA) formerly known as the National Youth Employment Programme (NYEP), would employ 100,000 youth in 2016 as a means of solving the youth unemployment in the country.

To reach the goal, Beecham said they were working with service providers like the Police Service to create the jobs, and hoped those on the programme will stay with the service the work with.

“Baked into the design is the fact that these service providers are involved in the selection of the beneficiaries. The hope is that, at the end of the two-year program, a greater number of these beneficiaries will be absorbed by the service provider be it the Ghana Health Service or the Ghana Police Service.”

He said they were wary of creating a situation where most of the beneficiaries of the programme would find themselves unemployed in a few years, so they would work to equip most young people on the programme with skills to help them in the labour market even if they are not retained by the service providers.

Beecham further noted that a portion of their allowances will be saved and later given to them as startup capital for future endeavors.

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