Hundreds of job hunters in the Ashanti region gathered at the Prempeh Assembly Hall on Tuesday (15 November) to meet employers and compete for various vacancies as SNV GrEEn Ghana launched the Green Regional Job Fair in the Ashanti region.
The Green Regional Job Fair held under the theme: “Green and Circular Economy: A sure way to creating decent and sustainable employment and jobs’’ brought together over 46 businesses with more than 120 vacancies and openings to be offered to qualified job seekers, as it seeks to help curb unemployment in the country through ‘GrEEn project’.
The project manager of the ‘GrEEn project’ at SNV Ghana, Laouali Sadda speaking at the event said the job fair is to connect job seekers to jobs, provide business development support to entrepreneurs among others.
“Today’s Green Job fair has as main objective: to properly match job seekers, who we call talents to employers. We will also be providing business development support to entrepreneurs and inspiring more youth to kick start their Green Businesses.”
The director, of Policy Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations, Gloria Bortele Noi delivering the keynote address on behalf of the Minister of Employment and Labour Relation lauded SNV Ghana’s job fair initiative noting that the programmes have proved useful and practical as records available indicated that over 10,000 youth have been employed through the SNV initiatives.
She revealed that government will from next year implement the National Green Jobs strategy which has received a 17 million euro funding from the European Union for job programmes to expand the skills development component of the strategy.
“The Ministry is implementing the National Green Jobs Strategy which is aims at promoting the creation of decent green jobs through Inter-sectoral linkages and co-operations. The strategy, therefore, focuses on enhancing coordination of interventions that impact on green jobs across the sectors, promoting Green Skills development, support Green enterprises to grow and expand facilitating the mobilisation as well as accessibility to green financial resources.
“I am happy to announce that, the EU has allocated Euro 17 million under the new pact for Jobs programme to expand the green skills development component of the National Green Jobs strategy, hopefully to commence next year.”
The Ashanti Regional Minister represented by the Kofi Nyarko Asiedu bemoaned the break in connection between employers and job seekers as he claims “many job seekers remain unemployed principally because they lack information about available opportunities which require their skills.”
Highlighting on some of the entrepreneurial opportunities for the youth in the Ashanti region which includes Agriculture, the Regional Minister noted that “what is left is the guidance needed to direct the energies of the youth to realize and take advantage of these opportunities which are available and accessible to be tapped.”
SNV Ghana and the European Union through the GrEEn Project, aside supporting job creation and skills development also promote growth of local businesses and SMEs that are green in their operations by making use of waste materials or not engaging in activities that adversely affect the environment.
The Green Job Fairs aim at supporting the creation of green jobs and matching job seekers to available, sustainable jobs in the GrEEn Project’s two regions of implementation: The Ashanti and Western Regions. Since 2020, SNV has organized 10 job fairs at the district (8) and regional (2) level in partnership with local assemblies with the aim of providing CV support, career guidance and counselling as well as connecting job seekers to green employers.
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