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Youth Employment Centre

In the first year of the Resource and Skills Training Centre, 130 young people build their job opportunities with new vocational skills in four districts surrounding Effiduase in Ghana.
  • Local solution

    30 young people already in informal business will upgrade their vocational skills through training by Pinasol and its partners in the to-be established Resource and Skills Training Centre. In addition, in the first year we are aiming to train an additional 100 unemployed youth in new vocational skills.

    The project is much needed because youth unemployment is one of the biggest challenges that Ghana faces. It pushes youth to unprotected irregular employment, migration to the south of Ghana or to Europe or even crime. Moreover, youth unemployment is recognised as the first cause of extremism radicalisation in a recent study carried out by the UN. One of the root causes for youth unemployment is the skills gap they face to start a job, or lacking innovation skills once already in business. And there are currently no special skills centre for the informal sector skills gap upgrade, nor the certification of it.

    It is exactly the gap that Pinasol aims to bridge. In the first year of the Resource and Skills Training Centre in Effiduase, young people will upgrade their skills in a vocation they are already practicing, and unemployed youth will be trained in short vocational courses. Skills taught include (solar) electronics, tiling, fixing of bones in fabrics, beads making, mushroom production, bio-digester making, and ICT-related skills.  Participants will come from the four districts surrounding the training centre, and via the trade associations of Dressmakers, Hairdressers, Beauticians, and Mechanics. Courses are developed and conducted by Pinasol and its partners from various trade associations.

    Pinasol is an expert on the topic with an extensive expertise on organising quality vocational training and internships for young people, together with training partners. With earlier support of iMPACT direct, Pinasol successfully supported 25 young people towards a job or internship. Moreover, Pinasol formally works together with the Ghana Government TVET Voucher Project to contribute to bridging the skills gap among informal sector entrepreneurs.

    Lives improved

    30 young people working as entrepreneurs in the informal sector have upgraded their skills and have become more efficient in their work. It means that they can expand their business or find better paid employment. We expect them to have gained a sufficient income within a year. In addition, 100 youth are trained in new vocational skills, with the expectation that they have more opportunities to find a job or start a business. At least 20 of them will find a job or start a business within one year.

    Approximately, 250 family members will benefit from an increased income, that will help them to access basic needs like food, medical aid, education and improved housing.

    Community impact

    The entire community will benefit from the Skills and Resource Centre that will also include a Training room and event space, Job Placement Centre and a Community Library. It enables the sustainability of the project, because it offers continuous training and support to young people beyond the project for free. And it will support Pinasol to sustainably continue their important work for the community, with the income generation from renting out office and event spaces to non-community-members or starting non-profit organisations without an office.

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Testimonials

  • Pinasol foundation in the past years have trained and certified many master craftsmen to receive national Vocational Training Institute master accreditation certificates (NVTI). I am very excited to know that the youth in my community are getting skills which will help them to gain employment to reduce social vices. I have therefore donated two plots of land for the construction of the Pinasol Resource Centre to promote skills upgrading in Effiduase.

    Daasebre Adu Ameyaw II (Chief of Effiduase)

    Project Details

    • Project
      Youth Employment Centre
    • NGO
      ATFA
    • Location
      Ghana
    • Sustainable Development Goals
    • Quality Education
    • Start date
      June 30, 2023
    • End date
      June 30, 2024

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