The first batch of the Youth Employment and Entrepreneurship Project organised by the MTN Ghana Foundation in collaboration with Plan International Ghana, have expressed excitement after completion of their training.
The project which is in two phases saw the passing out of 50 participants in the first batch with 14 young women and 36 young men who were taken through 10 days of intensive training on mobile phone repairs.
A total of 100 young men and women in Nsawam and Suhum in the Eastern region are expected to benefit from the GHc 445,000 project undertaken by Plan International Ghana and the MTN Ghana Foundation.
They were taken through the introduction to mobile phone technology, Basic customer service, front end repairs, Repair and rectification of faults of mobile phones, and how to maintain a safe and secure work environment.
In an exclusive interview with ModernGhana, the beneficiaries could not hide their joy. A 22-year-old Jibril Ndetu explained that she is particularly happy because she applied for a job and could not get the job then her father informed her about YEEP and she decided to partake in it. Now she does not have to rely on anyone for job because she has acquired the necessary skills and support to work for herself.
Ndetu intends to employ and train other young ladies to also go into the field. To her she feels “special, unique and proud of myself because I am doing what guys are doing and I am going to employ three or four people. These people are going to be young girls”.
Bismark Afuho, one of the participants, in an elated mood explained that he is quickly going to begin work since kiosks and start-up tools were provided to them then there is no need wasting time.
The 26-year old urged other young men and women out there to make use of any opportunity that presents itself and stop always waiting for white-collar jobs.
The event saw in attendance the Municipal Chief Executive of Nsawam-Adoagyiri Municipal Assembly, Hon. Isaac Kwadjo Buabeng, Mrs Nabila Williams, board member of MTN Ghana Foundation and the Country IT Manager of Plan International Ghana, Madam Maud Tsagli.