About 3410 young men and women have received vocational skills to enhance their chance of getting employment and to equip them with employable skills.
The youth made up of 910 males and 2500 females were selected from six districts in the region.
The districts include Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolis, Ahanta West Municipality, Nzema East Municipality, Ellembelle District, Mpohor District and Wassa East District.
Lack of necessary skills is after cited as contributing to high unemployment.
Job training programmes, and in particular apprenticeship training with private-sector informal firms, could expand labour market opportunities for young people by providing them with relevant on-the-job experience and market-ready skills.
Youth unemployment is an acute problem in Sub-Saharan African.
In view of this , the Aseda Foundation, a Takoradi based non-governmental organization (NGO) has offered free vocational skills to 3410 young men and women in six districts of the western region to enhance their chances of getting employment as well as giving them self-employable skills.
The 3410 youth were trained in 23 modules of vocational skills.
The modules include carpentry masonry, aluminum, fabrication, hairdressing, tailoring, dressmaking, mechanics, domestic electrical installations among others.
Out of the 3410 beneficiaries, 700 females were formerly engaged in galamsey in some mining communities in the region.
In an interview with shella Ama Boaduwa, the District Chief Executive of Ellembelle, Hon. Kwesi Bonzoh said the districts will give financial support to the beneficiaries to make good use of the skills acquired to make a positive impact on the local economy.
Madam Diana Adjei, the Director of Aseda Foundation appealed to the government, corporate bodies and individuals to support the foundation to train more youth to empower young people to reduce unemployment in the country.
Jennifer Oprah, a beneficiary from Tarkwa-Nsuaem advised her friends to be focused and not to allow the pressure from their friends to distract them
Source: Shella Ama Boaduwa