Member of Parliament of Abetifi constituency in the Eastern Region, Mr. Bryan Acheampong through the Bryan Acheampong Foundation has provided all tools, Cost of registration and certification for some eighty (80) youth in his constituency to aid their acquisition of skills in hairdressing, dressmaking, electrical and alu-works
The initiative dubbed Youth in Apprenticeship is designed to empower youth in the Kwahu East district by enrolling them into vocational training ventures to enable them gain skills to improve their condition of living.
In all, forty-eight (48) of the beneficiaries are into dressmaking whiles some thirty (30) are engaged in hairdressing with one in electrical works and the other in glass works.
The director of development at the Bryan Acheampong Foundation (BAF), Mr. Frank Armoo said the Youth in Apprenticeship program will be in a cycle with a training period spanning for three years in order to help beneficiaries become self-employed, thereby improving their living conditions for a sustainable livelihood.
The programme this year selected eighty (80) beneficiaries from communities across the district. These include Abetifi, Nkwatia, Pepease, Aduamoa, Kwahu Tafo, Akwasiho and Kwame Adjei. The rest are Ankoma, Oframase, Oworobong and Miaso.
An amount of GHS 130,000 was spent on the 80 beneficiaries. This covers cost of customary fees, hairdryers, sewing machines and uniforms among others.
It is expected that on completion, a total sum of GHS 240,000 which include beneficiaries’ exams registration and certification will be spent on this initiative. This means each beneficiary will gain GHS 3,000.
“The Foundation hopes to reach 450 youth in the district with this programme for the next 4 to 5 years base on the vision of the Founder to build the capacity of the youth in the district”. Mr. Frank Armoo
Some of the Beneficiaries who spoke to the Republic Press expressed their profound gratitude to Mr Bryan Acheampong with one Constance Ayisi saying “what would have become of me without this opportunity, I had always wanted to be a dressmaker but who to help me was an issue. I have no father and mother so this is a dream come true for me”.
The District Chief Executive of Kwahu East, Mr. Isaac Agyapong commended Mr Bryan Acheampong for his commitment to improving the living conditions of his constituents, particularly the youth. He tasked the beneficiaries to take advantage of the opportunity given them to be self-employed and put in all efforts to make a living out of the programme.
The Nanahema of Kwahu also urged the beneficiaries, particularly the ladies to eschew all forms of unproductive relationships and focus on the training so they don’t get into situations that would cut short their aspirations.
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