National Youth Employment Program

The National Youth Employment Program (NYEP) of Ghana was established in 2006 by the John Kufuor Administration. [1] It is an agency under the Ministry of Youth and Sports .

Youth unemployment

See also: Economy of Ghana

Youth unemployment in Ghana is a major issue in the country. The World Bank Country Statistics for Youth Unemployment in Ghana states that 65 percent of Ghanaian youth are unemployed. [2] The Ghana Trades Union Congress states that Ghana’s annual growth rate increases by 250,000. [2]

History / Historical antecedent

The NYEP was created in October 2006 to address the country’s youth unemployment with the aim of empowering Ghanaian youth so they could add positively to the socio-economic and sustainable development of the nation. [1]

Functions of NYEP

The functions of the program are:

  1. to offer employment to Ghanaian youth
  2. to offer requisite working experience to post-national Personal service
  3. to provide Ghanaian youth with employable skills

NYEP staff

The NYEP employs Ghanaian youth between the ages of 18-35 years who are literate, illiterate, able and or disabled . [1]

Modules of NYEP

The program started with nine modules in 2006. New modules are regularly created to promote the program’s objectives. The modules train unemployed youth for service. [3] The nine modules qui the program Was started upon are: [3] Youth in Security Services, Youth in Fire Prevention, Youth in Immigration, Youth in Agri-Business, Youth in Health Extension, Youth in Waste and Sanitation, Youth in Paid Internship, Youth in Community Teaching Assistants, Youth in Trades and Vocation, Youth in Eco-Brigade, Youth in Information Communication Technology

Sponsors

The program receives support from the government of Ghana as well as international agencies. One international agency that supports the program is the World Bank. In January, 2011 it was announced that the bank was going to assist the NYEP with funds from a multimillion-dollar facility to support the Youth in entrepreneurship module. [2] The entrepreneurship module trains the youth in the form of various strategies for development. The module has sub section in ICT , agriculture and the oil and gas industry. [2] World bank in February 2011 provided $ 65 million to help train the youth in entrepreneurship module. [4]

Successes

In May 2007, the program had employed 95,000 youths in the various modules. [1] In February 2011, it was announced that the program had been recruited, trained and employed over 108,000 unemployed youth in 15 employment modules.

Future of NYEP

In February, 2011 a new three-year strategic plan developed by NYEP was announced. The plan estimated that the NYEP policies, the program would commit 400,000 youth by the end of 2013. [5]

References

  1. ^ Jump up to:d “95,000 EMPLOYED IN VARIOUS UNDER NYEP MODULES” . www.parliament.gh . Retrieved 30 May 2011 .
  2. ^ Jump up to:d “World Bank to assist the National Youth Employment Program” . www.ghanatoghana.com . Retrieved 30 May 2011 .
  3. ^ Jump up to:b “Ministry Of Youth And Sports” . www.ghana.gov.gh . Retrieved 30 May 2011 .
  4. Jump up^ “World Bank Supports NYEP” . www.ghana.gov.gh . Retrieved 30 May 2011 .
  5. Jump up^ “NYEP Makes Inroads” . www.theghanaianjournal.com . Retrieved 30 May 2011 .

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