YEA: Beneficiaries of garment and textile module will be recruited on merit

The module aims to bridge skill gaps and create sustainable employment opportunities for young people interested in tailoring or dressmaking

The deputy chief executive officer in charge of operations at the Youth Employment Agency (YEA), Alhaji Ibrahim Bashiru has said beneficiaries of the newly introduced “Youth in Garment and Textiles” module will only be selected on merit.

The roll out follows conclusion of extensive discussions and inspection of facilities of the players in the Garments and Apparel industry that are collaborating with the agency to train prospective unemployed youth to acquire the relevant skills to become professional tailors and dressmakers.

Speaking to Benjamin-Offei-Addo on the Asaase Breakfast Show on Monday (14 August) Bashiru dismissed claims that the module will be politicised.

Alhaji Ibrahim Bashiru
Alhaji Ibrahim Bashiru

“It is not the creation of jobs for political parties. It is the creation of jobs for young people in this country and the overall effect is how you can improve upon your lives; how you can contribute significantly to the growth of this country.’

“I think that at this point in time, this is skills training and I can state emphatically without mincing words that under no circumstances will someone be considered because of party affiliations,” Bashiru said.

Listen to Alhaji Ibrahim Bashiru in the attached audio clip below:

Watch the full interview in the attached video clip below:

About the youth in garment and textiles

The module aims to bridge skill gaps and create sustainable employment opportunities for young people interested in tailoring or dressmaking and ultimately contribute towards the growth and development of the industry and by extension, the economy of Ghana.

This module has been designed carefully to afford beneficiaries the opportunity to receive in-depth knowledge and hands-on training in various aspects of tailoring and dressmaking, including fabric selection, cutting techniques, sewing, garment construction, pattern making, and alterations.

The programme also targets to directly engage already existing apparel start–ups to support in the implementation process to achieve the desired objectives and this will involve;

1. On-the-Job Training in the various skill areas to be undertaken by selected Garment and Textile partner companies.

2. Micro and Small- scale seamstresses and tailors –they would provide apprenticeship for the youth within their communities.

Reporting by Fred Dzakpata in Accra

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