The Women's Commission (WOCOM) of the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS), UCC chapter, has organised a skills training workshop to equip female students with self-employable vocational skills.
The workshop which is been held in three phases is aimed at adding value to the lives of beneficiaries to acquire entrepreneurial skills to enable them start their own businesses after school. Beneficiaries of the first phase of the workshop was made up of Senior High School students, who received training on how to make yoghurt, pastries and peanut snack locally called "Nkatie burger".
The event was on the theme "Equipping the 21st Century Woman with Entrepreneurial Skills."
Speaking to participants, the Women's Commissioner of NUGS-UCC, Ms. Faustina Maama, said the training formed part of her agenda to empower the female students to gain employable skills for sustainable livelihood. She advised participants to make good use of the skills acquired through the training. “Education is meant to train people to use their head, heart and hand and so this training is tailored to provide some hand training for students, whether for domestic use or for vocation or income earning purposes” she noted.
Ms. Mamaa, called on government to make Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) attractive and a viable career option for the youth. She said when the youth were given skills training they would become self-reliant to contribute to the growth of the economy while reducing the unemployment burden on the government.
The WOCOM advised students to go the extra mile to be able to stand out in the world of work. She urged them to change their mindset about vocational education so that after school, they would not go in search of white-collar jobs, which according to her was difficult to get.
She expressed gratitude to those who supported the programme in diverse ways to make it a success. In attendance were some male students.
Date of Event: Saturday October 20, 2018