In today’s competitive job market, public job centres with a social mission of skilling and connecting youth to jobs, is crucial for achieving the employment objectives of the government. The Job Centre seeks to support skilled and unskilled young men and women to move from unemployment to sustainable jobs to enable them provide livelihoods for them and their dependants. This is in line with the Shared Growth and Prosperity Strategy of Ghana and the Sustainable Development Goals 1, 5, 8, and 10.
Benefits to the Job seeker
- Provide work ready/soft skills relevant to the private sector including communication, reporting, inter cultural fluency, work place ethics, dealing with conflicts, negotiation skills, job search among others
- Career advisory and counselling services
- Coaching – interviewing, personal grooming, CV reviewing and formatting, job search, mock interview sessions, aptitude testing etc
- Connecting to jobs – internships, jobs matching, interviews setup etc
- Reduced time between job search and employment
- Access to a community of employers ready to listen to job seekers providing the needed work guarantees
- Credibility of the job centre providing employee guarantee to the employer including coordinating Criminal Background Checks
- Thousands of jobs (local and international) clustered according to sectors and the job seekers’ skills set.
- Access to career development opportunities matched with skills gap of the employee including; international education, scholarship, skills exchanges etc
- Exposure to experienced mentors and coaches ready to interact with job seeker (virtually and face-to-face) at no cost to the job seeker
- User friendly online portals putting jobs within reach of the job seeker.
- Walk in service available for non-connected youth
- Formalising skills of non-formal youth including portfolio and CV development for employers to connect with.
Benefits to the employer
- Thousands of vetted and approved CVs of potential employees to choose from
- Trained youth ‘ready to go’ for their next job compared to other employment agencies
- Skills matching at no cost to the employer
- Non-traditional skills available for employment – drivers, clerks, tellers, sales agents, front desk agents, backroom staff, etc
- Continuous professional development opportunities made available to employees at no cost to the employer
- Guarantee on conduct of employees based on CB checks
- Contribution to eradicating youth unemployment as a CSR objective
- Sustainable business aligning with objectives of the Government of Ghana.
YOUTH EMPLOYMENT AGENCY
The Youth Employment Agency (YEA) was established under the Youth Employment Act 2015 (Act 887) to empower young people to contribute meaningfully to the socio-economic and sustainable development of the nation. Its objective is to support the youth between the ages of 15 to 35 years through skills training and internship modules to transit from a situation of unemployment to that of employment.
To ensure sustainability, the policy focus of YEA was changed in 2009 from the traditional modules which have pay roll implications to the self-employment modules such as Trades and Vocation modules through public private partnership so as to reduce the burden on payment of stipend for the Paid Internship Module. This has attracted International acclaim, with the BBC ranking YEA as the best Youth Employment Programme in Africa in 2011.
Available records indicate that as at December, 2012, over Six Hundred Thousand, (600,000) beneficiaries were recruited by the YEA. New modules were introduced and some of the existing modules such as The Youth in Security Services and Trades and Vocation were reviewed and expanded to meet the growing demand for youth employment in the country.
Mandate The YEA was established under the Youth Employment Act 2015 (Act 887), to oversee the development, coordination, supervision and facilitation of employment for the youth and related matters in Ghana.
Vision To become an outstanding Public Sector Agency facilitating and creating sustainable employment opportunities for the youth nationwide.
Mission To lead the coordination of employment opportunities and creation of jobs for the youth in Ghana.