The You-Start programme has begun its five-day training programme for beneficiaries in the Nkwanta South Municipality in the Oti Region. The training aims to help participants develop and sustain their businesses through access to training and tools. This initiative is part of the Ghana Job and Skills Project, with the government providing a grant to support those who successfully complete the training.
Madam Kosi Yankey Ayeh, the Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Enterprises Agency (GEA), revealed that the You-Start programme has three levels of entrepreneurship skills, consisting of basic, intermediate, and advanced levels. Participants will be assessed at every level to ensure they can start, grow, and sustain their businesses. The government, through the GEA and funded by the World Bank, will support committed individuals who have successfully completed the programme with access to a grant, thus reducing unemployment levels in the country.
The Nkwanta South Municipal Chief Executive, Mr. Bright K. Lenwah, emphasised the significance of the programme and urged participants to take advantage of it to reduce unemployment levels in the region. He also urged participants to make good use of the programme to enable them to sustain their businesses.
Nana Adwoa Mireku, the Head of the Business Advisory Centre of the Ghana Enterprises Agency in charge of Nkwanta South You-Start training, also urged beneficiaries to pay attention to the lessons as the examination would be conducted for select deserving participants. She stated that while the government alone cannot provide jobs for every Ghanaian, interventions such as entrepreneurship skills are needed to eliminate unemployment in the country.
For the most part, the You-Start programme provides an excellent opportunity for young entrepreneurs in the Nkwanta South Municipality to acquire the skills and knowledge needed to grow and sustain their businesses. The programme is also commendable for providing a grant to support individuals committed to their business development. The government’s efforts to reduce unemployment levels in the country through initiatives such as the You-Start programme are essential, and individuals must take advantage of such opportunities to improve their lives and contribute to the country’s growth.