Historically, Ghana’s construction sector is characteristically a male-dominated sector as most women shy away from playing a key role in the industry. However, the trend is gradually changing as efforts are being made by stakeholders to encourage women, especially the youth, to play a key role in the sector and explore the numerous opportunities it presents
Rationale behind the Bootcamp
Among other programmes, YIEDIE last month
The programme convened female graduates of the YIEDIE project to participate in intensive, hands-on construction activities and gain insight from the industry’s leading female figures.
The participants including tilers, electricians, plumbers, heavy machine operators, interior decorators,
Each of the four days of activities
The participants were grouped based on their trade area and carried out construction activities, under the guidance of a highly skilled master craftsman. It started with brainstorming, followed by
The plumbers fixed pipes and constructed a sink for the room, with pipes leading outside to the water source. The painters also exhibited skills being taught them at the training.
Although the groups were separate, each group had to work together to make sure the placement was appropriate and that no group’s work would compromise the quality of the others.
The electricians were not left out of the practical work. The group dazzled spectators with their pristine, calculated installation of electrical wires, demonstrating their expertise by explaining the ins-and-outs of the project to bystanders.
In the end, the group held a “lighting ceremony”, where they would turn on the light and see if the wiring worked. Spectators joined the group in celebration as the lights brightened up the place, changing into various
Words of motivation to participants
The YIEDIE Project Director,
She said the beneficiaries were selected from about 12,000 youth who had benefited from the YIEDIE Project.
“There is a skills gap and mismatch between what the construction industry needs and what the students were taught at school,” she said.
The Project Director said the YIEDIE Bootcamp was to bring some of the young women artisans who had benefited from the YIEDIE Project together to prepare them for the job market.
“The programme is to expose the young women artisans to architects and master craftsmen and professionals in the construction sector to mentor, train and equip them with the right professional skills to become employable and marketable in the construction industry,” she said.
The YIEDIE Project Director said the objective of the four-day training programme was to equip the participants with the marketing, communication, branding and customer relations skills to become competitive in the construction industry.
The participants who emerged winners in the practical training exercise were presented with prizes.
The Chief Executive Officer of Zella Architects,
She also encouraged them to follow the ethics of the profession and avoid acts which would ruin their profession.
She commended Global Communities for initiating the YIEDIE Project, saying it was practically oriented and tailored to meet the needs of the beneficiaries and the construction industry.
The Policy and Sustainability Specialist for the YIDIE Project,
He said traditionally, the construction industry was seen as an industry for males.
Thus to attract young women to enter the construction industry,
The YIEDIE Project
The Youth Inclusive Entrepreneurial Development Initiative for Employment (YIEDIE), is a five-year project to create economic opportunities in Ghana’s construction sector for economically disadvantaged youth.
It is being implemented by Global Communities (formerly CHF International) in partnership with Mastercard Foundation. YIEDIE will directly reach at least 23,700 youth with training in technical, life and entrepreneurship skills leading to employment.
The project applies an integrated, youth-led market-systems model to improve the capacity of youth and service providers across the value chain. It is training young women and men in technical construction skills and helping the youth to grow and start small businesses.
It is also increasing collaboration and support among construction sector stakeholders to improve their enabling environment. The project is currently in its fourth year of implementation. By the end of the third year, a total of 12,862 youth completed training in entrepreneurial or technical skills under the YIEDIE project, of which 4,417 were women.
Out of the total number of young women participants, 2,942 completed construction-based technical training.