The Effutu Municipal Assembly in collaboration with Asongtaba Cottage Project, a Non-Governmental Organisation, has organised a day’s orientation workshop for 130 dressmaking apprentices in Winneba.
The programme which was also attended by parents and craft masters of apprentices at Winneba, was aimed at boosting and equipping them with the importance of the project initiated by President Mills under the National Youth Employment Programme.
Speaking at the workshop, Mr John Kofi Kussachin, Effutu Municipal Co-ordinating Director who deputised for Nii Ephraim, District Chief Executive for the area, said the programme was one of livelihood interventions by the Government.
He said the programme was being undertaken to create jobs for the youth and urged Ghanaians not to read politics into it.
He asked parents and guardians to supplement Government’s efforts to train the youth.
Mr Kofi Ennin Asongtaba, Project Oversight Assistant for Gomoa East and West, Awutu-Senya District and Effutu Municipality, said the apprentices will undergo six months training under their craft masters at the expense of the project.
He said upon completion of their training, sewing machines and accessories would be given to them free of charge to start business.
He said under the project, Government in collaboration with Asongtaba will put up shops for individual grandaunts at locations of their choice but that they would pay back the cost on instalment basis.
Nana Boateng, Effutu Coordinator for NYP advised the learners to be punctual, respectful, and to adhere to the instructions given them by their craft masters.
A Memorandum of Understanding was later signed by the parents, the apprentices and their craft masters for the commencement of the programme.