A total of 105 unemployed youth drawn from some communities in the Birim Central Municipality have begun a five-month capacity building training programme at Akyem Oda.
The Birim Central Municipal of the Centre for National Culture (CNC) is organizing the training programme under the Theme “Developing Capabilities through Knowledge and Skills Acquisition for Dignifying Livelihood”.
The programme aims to equip the youth with vocational skills to enable them become self-supporting and employable.
Mr Prince Amoatey, Municipal Cultural Officer, said the British High Commission was paying 90 percent of the total cost whilst the assembly was paying 10 percent.
He said the beneficiaries, whose ages range from 17 to 38 years, would be trained in batik tie and dye, basketry, carving, pottery and ceramics, leather works and beads making.
Mr Amoatey said after the training, the CNC would establish the beneficiaries and would also be looking for market for their products.
He commended Mr Kinsley Obeng, Eastern Regional Director for CNC, who helped to nurture the idea when it was first conceived and Ms Ophelia Koomson, the Municipal Chief Executive, whose outfit granted them some funds for processing and submission of the project proposal.
Mrs Patricia Adu-Twum, Project Support Officer of the British High Commission, in an address on Behalf of the High Commissioner, appealed to the beneficiaries of the project to take full advantage of it and make the best out of it.
She said the British government over the years had demonstrated its commitment to the development of youth in developing countries.
“Each year the British High Commission receives bilateral funds to support projects and programmes in Ghana that aims to further entrench democracy, to reduce conflict, to strengthen capacity, to handle migration and to respond to climate change”.
Mr Obeng said the purpose of the programme was to address the problem of the youth travelling to the urban centres to search for non-existent jobs due to parental neglect.