YEA: Youth losing out on jobs due to lack of relevant skills

Kofi Agyepong, CEO of the Youth Employment Agency (YEA), claims that the high rate of youth unemployment in Ghana is caused by a shortage of qualified workers who can fill open positions.

He claimed that as a result, young people were losing out on employment opportunities, particularly in the craft sector, to workers from nearby nations.

You are referred to Togolian artisans since they provide the best in these services if you want the best masons to erect a building for you, the best P.O.P. done in your home, the best plumbers to fix your pipes, or even the best painters, he stated.

Therefore, Mr. Agyepong has advocated for a modification in the investment pattern to ensure that more funds are allocated to improving the technical and vocational skills “that will stay with our kids forever.”

Speaking at the Sunyani 2022 Job Fair, he stated the situation was so bad that he had his doubts about the YEA’s ability to locate young, qualified technicians in big enough numbers to fill any job openings that could arise.

Since I took over the agency, I’ve been questioning myself, “Will I be able to offer 200 qualified and certified electricians to Tullow Ghana Limited today if they need it? Will I be able to deliver 500 skilled and accredited industrial machine engineers to AngloGold Ashanti if they request it from YEA?

“Can I provide 100 qualified and certified plumbers for employment with the Ghana Water Company today?” he asked.

He praised the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development for entrusting the fair’s organization to the Ghanaian-German Centre for Jobs, Migration, and Reintegration (GCC) and the GIZ.


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