The National Youth Authority (NYA) has presented start-up kits to some selected youth in the Subin and Oforikrom constituencies of the Ashanti Region.
It was part of efforts to encourage the youth to go into entrepreneurship towards reducing unemployment in the country.
The event was organised by the National Youth Authority, Kumasi Metropolis, with Subin and Oforikrom on the theme, ‘Skills Training Towards Employability and Productivity (STEM)’.
Mr. Nelson Owusu Ansah, Deputy Chief Executive in Charge of Operations, NYA, explained that the gesture was aimed at reducing youth unemployment in the country through Technical, Vocational Education Training (TVET).
According to him, the initiative was fully funded by the government in addition to other interventions to impact positively on the lives of the youth in the country to enable them create their own businesses to become their own masters, while training others to also benefit.
He stated that the TVET service was the backbone of the national development agenda, adding that the most creative and innovative in society today were those in TVET, and for that matter, the need to encourage the youth, who are interested in the service to complement the efforts of government in reducing unemployment, as the is the only engine to drive the economy.
The Deputy Chief Executive disclosed that the government was solely paying for the apprentices who would be engaged in Hairdressers, Cosmetology, Digital Satellites Installation, Dressmaking, Fashion Design and Barbering.
Mr. George Orwell Amponsah, Ashanti Regional Director of the NYA, also stated that the opportunity was for every youth in the country, educated or not, and reiterated that those who were not fortunate enough to have classroom education must take advantage of such an initiative to benefit from the government intervention to ensure that no one was excluded from the programmes and interventions rollout.
Mr. Samuel Pyne, Mayor of Kumasi, advised the beneficiaries to take the initiative seriously to ensure that they made good use of such an opportunity to gain financial freedom.
He said being able to train one person would be a benefit than would provide daily pocket money for hundreds.