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Gov’t develops database on employment
Posted on: 13-Aug-2013        
The government is developing a database to capture statistics on employment, skilled youth and available jobs. The project is being executed by the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations and the Ghana Statistical Service.

President John Dramani Mahama, who made this known yesterday, said the database would give the government a clearer picture of the job situation. Besides, he said, the database would serve as a guide in terms of matching skills with available jobs in the public and the private sectors.

President Mahama was interacting with the youth at the Flagstaff House as part of the President-youth dialogue series. The event, attended by youth representatives from organisations across the country, coincided with the International Youth Day celebration.

The day is set aside to highlight challenges facing the youth, initiate steps to address them and create more opportunities for the youth. The theme for this year's celebration is, ''Youth Migration: Moving Development Forward'.' President Mahama said the database was crucial because it would allow youth with specific skills to register and give their data.

Again, companies could give information on available jobs at their end. With that information, he said, it would be easy for companies to identify and pick the skills that they needed from the database. Meanwhile, President Mahama has announced that the government has allocated GH˘10 million for the Youth and Jobs Enterprises Fund.

He stressed the need for school curricula to be reviewed to make them more relevant to the job market. For instance, he said, more jobs in the areas of plumbing and electricals would be created in the oil and gas sector, hence the need for the youth to train in those areas. President Mahama said the government would improve training in the vocational and technical schools.

He, therefore, called for a change of perception about people offering technical and vocational courses. In his remarks, the Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr Elvis Afriyie-Ankrah, urged the youth to prepare themselves to play key roles in the country.

The UNFPA Resident Representative, Dr Bernard Coquelin, said migration could yield the needed results if well managed. The youth proposed the setting up of a special fund to support young entrepreneurs and the review of school curricula to meet the demands of industry.