A Skills Training Centre sponsored by the European Union under the Twin-Cities in Sustainable Partnership Project (TCSPP) has been completed and inaugurated in Sekondi to help reduce unemployment among the youth and give them employable training after their apprenticeship. The center whose construction begun a year ago seeks to train 150 beneficiaries from vulnerable groups, including unemployed women, young people, returnees and potential future migrants in bio-digester technologies, eco-friendly oven production and plastic waste recycling.
The EU Head of Infrastructure and Sustainable Development in Ghana, Madam Paulina Rozycka mentioned that the TCSPP focuses its support on skills development, improved sanitation, mitigating climate change and promoting equity through employment. She revealed that individuals who would be trained at the center would receive startup kits to help build a cleaner city, according to her helping vulnerable people to get the right skills for quality jobs is the primary aim of establishing the centre. She added that the overall expected outcome of the project is to enhance multi-level urban governance in the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan area oriented towards a green, inclusive and culturally-sensitive integrated urban development.
For his part, the Mayor of STMA, Hon. Abdul Mumin-Issah pointed out that the training modules have been carefully selected to address the menace of plastics open defecation and hazards to fish through excessive smoke adding that the trainees would be able to setup micro, small and medium –sized enterprises. He mentioned that the project has constructed an urban agriculture demonstration site of which about two hundred unemployed women and youth have been given training and indicated that processes were ongoing to select beneficiaries to receive support to set up social enterprises in Agribusiness. He thanked the TCSPP team, the project partners and the funding agency for the edifice and promised the assembly’s commitments to ensuring its sustainability.