GHANA DIGITAL CENTRES AND NSS PARTNER TO CREATE JOBS FOR GRADUATES.
The leadership teams of the Ghana Digital Centres Limited (GDCL), managers of Accra Digital Centre, and the National Service Scheme (NSS) have initiated a collaborative project called the “Ghana Digital Skills for Employability Project” (GDSEP).
The project is tailored towards addressing low digital literacy and the growing youth unemployment in Ghana.
The project has two broad distinct but interrelated components, all geared towards the agenda of boosting job creation for young graduates.
The first component of GDSEP is a virtual digital skills training program to be deployed for all NSS personnel as a requirement to getting their NSS certificates.
By this project, all young persons who go through the scheme will be assured of acquiring basic digital skills to survive in the job market.
Beyond the mandatory basic digital skills offering, participants will have the opportunity to sign up for advanced level courses based on their areas of interest.
GDCL will serve as technical partner and content manager for this.
The second component is a digital jobs program, which entails the setting up of BPOs in Ghana to service both local and international companies with such needs. Beneficiaries of the respective training programs will be engaged to work in these entities.
It will also include talent export programs as well as freelancing platforms for the beneficiaries.
NSS has already developed the strategy for this, and GDCL has committed to providing infrastructure around the country to make this a reality.
Speaking at the meeting, Hon. Osei Assibey Antwi, Executive Director of NSS explained that his outfit has identified the need to broaden its scope to remain relevant to the needs of Ghana’s highly youthful population.
He bemoaned the fact that less than 30% of graduates typically gain any form of employment immediately after their national service period, adding that equipping them with the right skill sets will improve the situation.
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On his part, Hon. Kwadwo Baah Agyemang, CEO for the Ghana Digital Centres Limited indicated that within five years of its existence, GDCL has made significant contributions towards digital innovations in Ghana and continues to strive towards deepening its impact.
After successfully operationalizing the Accra Digital Centre with 90% occupancy, the company is deploying the model across the entire country.
He explained that as a company owned by the Ministry of Communication, GDCL is positioning itself as a major enabler of digital skills development in Ghana towards meaningful job creation and is thus pleased to partner with NSS to roll out the Ghana Digital Skills for Employability Project.
The Ghana Digital Centres Limited (GDCL) was incorporated in July 2017 to lead the development of technology parks and digital centres across the country by providing the required infrastructure, facilities, environment, services and programs that foster the growth of the ICT and IT-enabled Business Process Outsourcing industry.