Former President John Dramani Mahama has revealed plans to introduce a comprehensive National Apprenticeship Program aimed at addressing youth unemployment and enhancing skills development under the next National Democratic Congress (NDC) government.
Speaking during his “Building Ghana We Want Tour” in the Ashanti Region, Mahama outlined the initiative, emphasizing its focus on providing job opportunities and skill enhancement for young people across the country.
Mahama explained that the program would be implemented at the local level, with District Assemblies taking the lead in facilitating the engagement and employment of young individuals by supporting artisanal businesses.
He highlighted the importance of skill enhancement for individuals outside the formal education system, stating, “For individuals outside the school system, our emphasis is on skill enhancement, enabling them to explore opportunities in hairdressing, seamstressing, and other artisanal crafts.”
The former president pledged the NDC's commitment to establishing the National Apprenticeship Program, with District Assemblies overseeing the registration of artisanal business owners and providing funding to mentors who would guide young apprentices.
In addition to addressing youth unemployment, Mahama also spoke about initiatives to boost the cocoa sector during his interaction with cocoa farmers in New Edubiase.
He emphasized the NDC's plans to introduce cocoa processing factories in cocoa-growing areas to add value to cocoa beans and create job opportunities for youth in those communities.
Mahama's announcements underscore the NDC's commitment to tackling youth unemployment and promoting economic growth through targeted skills development and sector-specific initiatives.