The Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) Foundation is supporting 400 artisans to write this year’s National Vocational Training Institute (NVTI) certificate examination under its Skilled Artisans Project.
The project offers a two-year free training to beneficiaries from the Western and Western North Regions. It has a network of over six hundred master craftsmen who are skilled in twenty-five different vocations and trade and are certified by the National Vocational Training Institute (NVTI).
The GNPC Foundation through its Skilled Artisans Project will in the coming years develop over four thousand skilled workforce in various vocational and technical disciplines.
The project seeks to provide a technical, material and financial resource through a non-profit organization; Aseda Foundation, to equip less-privileged Ghanaian youth in vocations such as fabrication, fitting, welding, aluminium works, electronics, spraying, painting, tiling works, dressmaking, hairdressing among others.
Executive Director of GNPC Foundation, Dr Dominic Eduah stressed that the success of the project with the initial four hundred beneficiaries will determine future investments.
He disclosed that beneficiaries will undergo some training in financial literacy and management, and other soft skills to enhance their work and performance. He noted that some package awaits graduates/beneficiaries in terms of financial resources and logistics to enable them to start an enterprise of their own.
“If you don’t do that and you set them up, the growth of whatever you give to them will be a problem” he justified.
“The government recently set up the Youth Employment Agency (YEA) jobcentre and these are the artisans they are looking for, certified artisans so we will link them up”, he pointed out.
Dr Eduah noted, “With the memorandum of understanding that we have, we are considering supporting about 4,000 youth stage by stage. In the first stage, we are supporting 400 because they are very much prepared to write the examination”.
He hinted that such arrangements will be made available in January 2020, among which he said “will be the installation of GNPC stalls, which will house their operations.”
Dr Dominic Eduah foresees a generation of master craftsmen developed out of this initiative to impact knowledge and skill onto the vast majority of interested but unemployed youth across the country.
He underscored the significance of this investment is better understood in terms of the impact it makes in the socio-economic lives of the beneficiaries and the country at large.
The Western Regional Minister, Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah was happy that the GNPC Foundation was making sure that all Ghanaians benefitted from the oil revenue by embarking on numerous initiatives to improve the people’s living standards.
“The current government is keen on skills development; hence it is poised to inaugurate lots of NVTIs throughout that country to train the youth to acquire employable skills,” he stressed.
Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Aseda Foundation, Madam Diana Adjei was extremely elated.
The examination was held at the Jubilee Grounds, Takoradi after beneficiaries had undergone a series of mock examinations which was also sponsored by the GNPC Foundation.