The Member of Parliament for Mpraeso Constituency, Davis Ansah Opoku (OPK), through the National Youth Authority (NYA), has launched a vocational training workshop for youths in Kwahu South Municipality.
Twenty  selected youth applied for and were chosen by the MP’s office and the Assembly to begin learning handicrafts as part of the government’s efforts to increase youth empowerment and employment.
The project’s first phase has been placed under 4 skilled-training modules, namely; Dressmaking, Cosmetology, Hairdressing and Satellite dish installation.
The first phase of the Skills towards Training and Employability (STEP) initiative will also see some 1,000 Ghanaian youth go through the training nationwide.
The NYA has rolled out similar projects in Abetifi, Nsawam-Adoagyiri, and Asuogyaman.
In addition, to aid these skills for the youth, the government has paid the intuition fee for the trainees in full.
An allowance would also be paid to the masters of the trainees.
Addressing a team of pressmen, the National Youth Authority’s Mr. Pius Enam Hadzide called on the trainee beneficiaries to occupy themselves in the training to prevent walking astray, stealing, or having unwanted pregnancies because everyone cannot get the chance to further their education.
“I am urging all the youth to engage themselves in this training because a doctor cannot sew a cloth or braid. Therefore, it is an opportunity for those who couldn’t upgrade their education to learn and make money for themselves”, he stated.
He said the youth in doing this will become successful entrepreneurs and they will impact themselves and their communities.
The NYA through its officers, MCE and MPs will conduct consecutive checks to ensure that these trainees or beneficiaries are adhering to the course they’re enrolled in.
The NYA CEO, Mr. Pius Enam Hadzide also presented hairdryers, satellite dish finders, cosmetic equipment and other machinery for the trainees.
The MP for the Mpraeso constituency, Mr. Davis Ansah Opoku also urged the trainees to constitute good behaviour as they start the training.
“Training is something we cannot underestimate that is why I have absented myself from parliament to be here so I am pleading with you all to hold in high this training because, if the NYA finds out any of you has stopped, they would be disappointed and would never come to our aid”, Mr. Opoku said.
The MP for Mpraeso said that under the Ghana Enterprising Agency, they have identified those who have learned the skill already but lack the equipment, so they will be given the equipment in due time to start working.
“We are doing all these to make sure Kwahu-South will be the best place in Ghana in terms of skills, so I am entreating everyone to make good use of this skill training”, he noted.
Ending his speech, Mr. Opoku beseeched the trainees to respect their masters and madams and desist from any disrespectful action. He said no one should think Government has paid the tuition fees so they will disrespect their master but rather, they should practice good behaviour and learn well to help their mother Ghana.