NaBCo: 49,523 Applicants book interview dates

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The Nation Builders’ Corps (NaBCo) is working with Module Implementing Partners (MIPs), accreditation institutions and universities to design an exit certification award that becomes recognised as a pathway for beneficiaries to further their education at higher levels, as well as facilitate employment.

This means that while gaining experience, beneficiaries also gain credit hours that could exempt them from agreed number of years when they want to further their education.
Additionally, those who seek employment after exiting the programme stand the chance to be placed at higher grade levels above the grade levels they would have been placed with the qualification they enrolled into NaBCo.
Dr Ibrahim Anyars, Co-ordinator for NaBCo, told The Finder that partner skills training institutions would standardise the training in order to determine the exit certification.
MoU with partner universities 
NaBCo will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with partner universities that will offer beneficiaries credit hours exemption for further education. 
12 Weeks of training each ear
He explained that every year, beneficiaries would receive 12 weeks of training – six weeks to be offered by NaBCo and six weeks by the partner skills training institutions.
He said the training may be delivered on the job or the beneficiaries may be pulled off the job during the training, and NaBCo would conduct extensive evaluation every three months to determine the level of skills acquired on the job.
Gender breakdown 
Females constitute 55,964, representing 38.22%, while 90,454, representing 61.78%, are males. 
Breakdown of type of qualification of NaBCo applicants
Out of the 146,968 applicants who successfully completed and submitted their applications, 54,012, representing 36.75%, are degree holders; 66,616, representing 45.33%, hold diploma while 26,340 applicants, representing 17.92%, are certificate holders. 
Educate Ghana attracted highest application 
Educate Ghana topped the applications with 43,834, representing 30.202%.
It is followed by Revenue Ghana, with 31,095, representing 21.425% of all applications.
The others are Civic Ghana – 19,917 (13.723%); Digitise Ghana – 16,620 (11.451%); Enterprise Ghana – 12,949 (8.922%); Heal Ghana – 11,785 (8.120%); and Feed Ghana – 8,934 (6.156%).
Regional breakdown of applications
The regional breakdown of applications include Ashanti – 34,909 (24.05%); Greater Accra – 31,809 (21.92); Northern – 19,807 (13.65%); Brong Ahafo – 12,248 (8.44%); and Central – 11,139 (7.68%), 
The rest are Eastern Region – 11,039 (7.61%); Western – 10,070 (6.94%); Volta – 5,347 (3.68%); Upper East – 4,756 (3.28%); and Upper West – 4,000 (2.76%).
49,523 book interview dates
As of the time of filing this story yesterday, 49,523 had booked their interview dates.
16,000 Duplicates identified
Dr Anyars explained that out of the 146,968 applicants, it has been identified that about 16,000 duplicates have been deleted from the system.
He stated that all successful applicants would be interviewed, saying that even though this is a difficult task, it would test the readiness of the applicants and help them to build it for future job interviews.
According to him, the over 30,000 applicants that may not be placed would opt to be put on a waiting list and will be the first to replace those that may drift out of the programme.
He observed that while the form is easy to complete, a lot of applicants struggled with writing personal statements.
He attributed this to poor skills, approach to job, lack of confidence, and inability to prepare good curriculum vitae (CV).
He said interviews would be conducted in all districts from July 18 to 25, 2018. 
Interviews take place July 30 to August 3
According to him, orientation for the selected 100,000 would take place at the district level from July 30 to August 3, 2018. 
Passing-out ceremony
The NaBCo Co-ordinator explained that a passing-out ceremony would be organised at regional locations.
Placement of recruits
“From Monday, August 6, 2018, Nation Builders’ Corps (NaBCo) trainees will commence placement on their modules. 
“Each trainee will be given a three-year contract under a work and learning arrangement. 
“For every four weeks of work, one week will be dedicated to skills development and training. 
“This results in a cumulative 12-week worth of core training, in addition to the on-the-job training every year,” he said. 
Membership of interview panel 
In every district, a panel of five will consist of a representative of the district assembly, a member of the NaBCo Secretariat, an official from National Service Secretariat, a representative from a module implementation partner, and a representative from the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations. 
In all cases, applicants will be validated and processed through the interview. 
Successful applicants
If successful, an applicant will receive a text notification within three days of the interview. 
The notification will advise on the next steps, including how to print the engagement letter from the web portal. 
Once successful applicants submit their letters to the district of placement, they will be processed to commence a five-day orientation. 
In all districts, the dates for NaBCo Orientation are from July 30 to August 3, 2018. 
This shall include a military component on resilience, endurance, positive attitude, discipline and responsibility. 
Passing-out ceremony
Once orientation is over, the successful trainees will all converge at their respective regional capital for a passing-out ceremony. 
From August 6, 2018, trainees are expected to commence their placement in their chosen module within the organisations and enterprises they have been placed.

By Elvis DARKO, Accra

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