Skills training key

BY: Abigail Bonsu

Apart from the fact that our tertiary institutions appear to be overwhelmed by the huge number of students they have to contend with, which makes it difficult for any meaningful lecturer-student interaction, some of the courses are out of touch with the realities on the job market.

 There is always a huge gap between what industry needs and the qualification of graduates who come out of our tertiary institutions.

It is sad that many graduates even find it difficult to write a meaningful and convincing curriculum vitae for prospective employers to even consider.

It is also a fact that there are some graduates who desire to work only at certain established institutions when, with all their training and skills, they could have initiated some kind of businesses on their own.

It is in this vein that we agree with the former Chief Executive of the Ghana Chamber of Mines, Ms Joyce Aryee, that our graduates need to develop a mindset that is less dependent on others and a mindset not to give up in the face of challenges.

That is the only way to reduce the growing unemployment in the country.

The British Council and Barclays Bank Ghana Limited have shown the way by providing 1,800 young graduates and unskilled youth with entrepreneurial skills training to reduce growing youth unemployment in the country. The project, ‘Blazing Trails — Fast-Track your Dream Career and Achieve Professional Success’, is targeted at unemployed graduates from the Greater Accra, Ashanti, Brong Ahafo, Eastern, Volta, Northern and Western regions.

The investment by the two institutions is huge and we pray that the beneficiaries will not participate in the programme with the mindset of adding to their collection of certificates. It is not the number of certificates that one amasses that makes him or her a successful individual but the use to which he or she puts those certificates.

Certificates do not create jobs, nor do they provide jobs. Certificates are a gateway to achieving an end and one could only achieve that end by the way he or she utilises the skills and knowledge acquired while under training.

It is heartwarming that 77 per cent of young people prefer to manage their own businesses, as revealed by the Director of the British Council, Mr Moses Anibaba.

But young people must be reminded that they need to start from somewhere before getting to the top.

It is distressing to travel abroad to find our university graduates, including people who have resigned from well-paying jobs, doing menial jobs when they could have stayed in the country to initiate enterprises of their own.

The Daily Graphic wishes to remind our youth of the popular adage: “Rome was not built in a day”.

We encourage beneficiaries of the British Council-Barclays Bank training programme to make use of the skills to be acquired during the period of training. The British Council is a universally respected institution for providing high-class skills training, while Barclays Bank is a credible banking institution, and we are certain the participants will benefit from the expertise of the trainers.

The Daily Graphic, however, believes that the sponsors should go beyond the provision of training to mentor and monitor the participants to ensure that whatever knowledge and skills attained will be put to good use.

It should not be another forum for the participants to add up to their certificates.