Programme Coordinator for YAP, Margaret Owusu Asare

Some 280 youths in the Bono and Ahafo Regions are set to receive training in vocational and technical skills to start up their businesses.

It includes 150 beneficiaries came from Berekum and Seikwa, whiles 130 others from Dormaa, Kyeremasu and Nkrankwanta.

The three-year training programme which is an initiative under the Youth Apprenticeship Program (YAP) by SinapiAba, is meant to address the unemployment problem.

Beneficiaries will receive training in dressmakers, welding, carpentry, auto-mechanics, hairdressing, and general electrical works.

Started in 2003, it targets the hard to reach communities and offer this support as part of its community and social responsibility programmes.

YAP BENEFICIARIES

Programme Coordinator for YAP, Margaret Owusu Asare, added that beneficiaries are supported with materials and equipment to set them up.

“It is important so that the youth who want to go through apprenticeship training and have no help can be supported to be able to do that. We are doing that to help society.

“We intend to help the youth to find work to do because after the training we support them to set up and work for themselves for free”, she said.

She added, “We also met each parent before we picked them so they are expected to support their wards.

“We are doing our best and we expect them, especially the parents to also do their best. As they start now, we expect all of them to be able to complete the three-year programme”.

The initiative is being sponsored by Opportunity international Deutschland and the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).