The National Youth Authority of the Ministry of Youth & Sports in collaboration with the Youth Employment Agency (YEA) of the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations is recruiting youths from all Districts in Ghana, to undertake training in Android App development.

This program is situated within the context of the Youth in Information Communication Technology module of the Youth Employment Agency. It is aimed at supplementing the Government’s efforts at reducing youth unemployment, creating the next generation of youthful IT Entrepreneurs in Ghana and attaining Sustainable Development Goal of achieving higher levels of economic productivity through diversification, technology upgrading development-oriented policies that support decent job creation, entrepreneurship, creativity, innovation and encourage the formalization and growth of micro-small-and medium-sized enterprises. 

Successful applicants will receive both theory and practical Android development skills training. They will be required at the end of the training to sit for the Google Associate Android Developer Exam and acquire the Internationally recognized Associate Android Developer Certification.

The selected applicants would be trained to become Associate Android Developers

•    SHS, HND and Degree holders between the ages of 18-35 years.
•    Women and persons with disability are especially encouraged to apply
•    All applicants must be Ghanaians and resident in Ghana. They must be ordinarily resident in their respective districts.

•    Successful applicants will not be permanent employees, but beneficiaries of the module.
•    Trainees will receive a stipend for the duration of the training.
•    Trainees would be required to sit the Google Associate Android Developer Exam

•    Applicants must be prepared to take an aptitude test to determine their eligibility for selection
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The Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations (MoELR) has signed an agreement with the Ministry of Youth and Sports (MoYS) to commence the training of 300 youths in Information and Communication Technology (ICT).

The training, to be funded with GH¢2.6 million from the Youth Employment Agency’s (YEA) budgetary allocation, is to provide the beneficiaries with the  requisite knowledge and skills in Smart mobile phones application development and promote entrepreneurship.

To be facilitated by the National Youth Authority’s 10 Youth Leadership and Skills Training institutes across the country, the agreement also includes complete retooling of all the institutes at a cost of GH¢5 million.

Speaking at the signing ceremony in Accra yesterday, Haruna Iddrisu, Minister, MoELR, said the training was necessary to empower the youths to acquire employable skills that would allow them contribute to the overall development of the country.

He noted that the agreement also entailed the provision of tools, resources and other support required to ensure beneficiaries commence sustainable start-ups.

He reiterated the ministry’s commitment to develop and support the training activities of the youths to ensure they were well prepared for the labour market.

Mr. Nii Lante Vanderpuije, MoYS Minister, lauded the collaboration of the two agencies in addressing the problem of unemployment through empowering youths in rural communities to actualise their interests, thereby creating employment for themselves.

He assured the Labour Minister and youth authorities of the efficient use of resources allocated for the project to achieve its intended purpose and yield positive results.

Chief Executive Officer, NYA, Ras Mubarak expressed gratitude to the MoLER for partnering his outfit to retool and improve infrastructure at the various training institutes.

He was optimistic the new arrangement would promote vocational education and support the youths in gaining employable skills to enhance individual development.

The training, according to Kobina Becham, Acting Chief Executive, YEA, would last for four months with each institute admitting 30 beneficiaries.

He said the agency, would after the training, continue to engage and support the youths to enable them to develop applications that could offer solutions to local problems as well as designing others that would serve the international markets to earn foreign exchange.


Professor Akwesi Kumi Kyereh of the Department of Population and Health, University of Cape Coast (UCC), has called for deliberate steps to promote comprehensive sexuality education among the youth.
This, he said, was important to aid them with relevant information to make the right decisions and suggested its incorporation into the school curriculum.
He noted that already some aspects of reproductive health were being taught in the schools but said that did not go far enough.

Prof Kyereh was addressing a youth forum held in Koforidua to celebrate the International Youth Day.“The road to 2030: eradicating poverty and achieving sustainable production and consumption” was the theme chosen for the event.
The programme was organized by the National Youth Authority (NYA) with support from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
Prof Kyere said the need to sufficiently prepare the young people to face up to the challenges of real life situation should neither be underestimated nor overlooked.

Ms. Adjoe Nyanteng Yenyi, UNFPA’s National Programme Analyst, Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health, said adults should not shy away from talking about sex with children.
She was, however, quick to indicate that the information shared should be age-appropriate, culturally sensitive and relevant at each stage of the child’s life.
She said the reality was that the present generation of children had become so much exposed to information about sex that this was creating a challenge.

Mr. Leonard Gobah, Head of Donor Compliance and Delivery, Marie Stopes Ghana, said everything should be done to give the young people the right direction because whatever habit they cultivated would affect their way of doing things in the future.

Mr. Ernest Amoako, Director at the NYA, said the Authority would continue to work hard to provide protection for the youth and guide them to lead responsible lives.
Source: GNA/News Ghana

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