Sinapi Aba offers a vocational training opportunity to 300 young people

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Nanabaa Ayaw Osabarima (right), Tufohemaa from Amanase, presenting a set of tools to Kofi Yirenkyi, a beneficiary, during the ceremony in Suhum

Some 300 young people from Koforidua, Suhum and other parts of the Eastern Region have been provided with training tools to enable them to undertake three-year apprenticeship training in their chosen trades.

The Youth Apprenticeship Program (YAP), an initiative of Sinapi Aba Savings and Loans, a non-banking financial institution, aims to help provide job skills and instill entrepreneurship in young people.

Beneficiaries of the program, mostly junior high school graduates, are to be trained in trades such as tailoring/tailoring, hairdressing, aluminum fabrication and welding, self-electricity, self- mechanics, tiling and restoration, among others.

Ceremony

During the presentation ceremony of the training tools in Suhum, the YAP coordinator, Mrs. Margaret Owusu Asare expressed her optimism that the training would make the beneficiaries economically self-sufficient after their training.

She expressed her delight that the training is helping to reduce poverty and unemployment in the Koforidua, Suhum and surrounding communities in the Eastern Region.

Ms Asare said the training initiative was part of an effort to complement the government’s efforts to promote skills acquisition for young people through technical and vocational education and training across the country.

Development paths

Suhum’s Akyempemhene, Nana Barima Amoako Darko, praised Sinapi Aba for supporting the training, saying it would provide young people with different paths of development other than the regular education offered in high schools.

“This support will go a long way in reducing unemployment in the country and in Suhum in particular,” he said.

He encouraged interns to be serious with the opportunity and do their best to ensure they graduate, start their own businesses and employ others in the future.

Director of Suhum branch of Sinapi Aba Savings and Loans, Bright Adu Antwi, revealed that training support is part of the institution’s cooperative social responsibility towards the country’s development.

He pledged the institution’s commitment to continue creating initiatives that would transform people’s lives to complement the government’s efforts to reduce poverty in the country.

Background

The initiative, which began in 2003, has seen over 4,000 young people trained in various entrepreneurial skills by master craftspersons in selected fields, training beneficiaries for three years to acquire the skills needed to start their own businesses.

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