A world-renowned management coaching and corporate growth firm, “I am Worth It Project”, is training the top management and regional directors of the National Service Scheme(NSS) to execute the new policy of creating permanent employment for service personnel and equipping others to create their own companies.
The Canadian firm, which is the world’s largest professional community, is a leading provider of success soft skills training, innovative business skills and personal development. It is also offering the management with the skills and knowledge to come out with ways to make the new vision sustainable, especially to imbibe in personnel adequate skills to be readily employable.
In a two-day intensive training, dubbed “Deployment for Employment: The new NSS Approach to Development”, at the Movenpick Hotel in Accra, experts took the NSS management through modern skills in dealing with the youth, and how to resort to team work to find solutions to existing challenges.
Addressing the participants, the lead consultant and CEO, Tammy Sherger, noted that their proprietary methods of teaching soft skills are designed to work in the day-to-day real world of business, career and life.
Madam Sherger explained that studies had shown that up to 85 per cent of a person’s success comes from their expertise in soft skills
“That is why they offer a soft skill training programme that addresses the deeper psychological and social constraints facing youth including hope and belief in a bright and successful future,” she added.
She also quoted recent labour market studies which had found that mind-set interventions prove effective by either instilling aspirations or shifting perceptions of opportunities in either formal employment or self-employment.
“Increasing one youth’s earning potential not only changes the life of the one young person but that of their family, their community and the world at large”, she said.
She emphasised that the ultimate outcome of the project is to enhance economic empowerment, well-being and long-term employment for youth in Ghana, adding that it is only a gainfully employed youth with the skills to industrialise that can move Ghana beyond aid.
The Executive Director of the National Service Scheme, Osei Assibey Antwi, stated that the scheme partnered the consultants because it is repositioning itself to permanently employ some of its personnel and ensure that the rest have the required employable skills and experiences ready for the world of work.
This, he explained, had become crucial due to the increasing opportunities offered by the Akufo-Addo administration for more institutions to become degree awarding and the need for their products to undergo national service after the courses.
Mr Osei Assibey noted that the new directions had become urgent, looking at the increasing number of youths who were deployed by the scheme and the impending situation which would exponentially increase the number of service personnel.
“By the time the personnel bid us farewell after their one year of national service, we should be able to beat our chest and tell the world that now we have really equipped them. We have provided them with the required skills to either establish their own businesses, employ others and contribute to reducing the unemployment rate or be readily be employed”, he added.