48% of youth in Ghana jobless – World Bank Report

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JobsAt least 48% of the youth in the country between 15-24 years do not have jobs, the World Bank in its latest report on jobs in Ghana has revealed.

The report, the landscape of jobs in Ghana, explores the opportunities for youth inclusion in Ghana’s labour market.

It is recommended that Ghana must work towards equipping the youth in relevant skills through its educational systems.

This comes on the back of government’s claim recently that it has since 2013, created close to 600,000 jobs.

A statement signed by the Minister of Communications, Dr. Edward Omane Boamah further said close to 96,000 people have also been trained to create their own jobs.

But the Lead Researcher and Senior economist with the World Bank, Sarah Johansen said the youth in the country could only be empowered to get or create jobs, if their educational foundation is solid.

“Ghana has been able to increase access to education. Now the issue is how to go to the next level and ensure that there is quality education. Because the skills you have at the end of secondary education is not maybe such a big problem, if you don’t have the labour market relevant skills;that you need to be able to acquire it. For that you need to have basic skills- so the question is have you learned those in school? And I think this is the issue that Ghana needs to be looking at now.

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