The Youth Employment Agency (YEA) and INzAG Germany GmBH, a construction and civil engineering firm in Germany, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to recruit some 700 young artisans across the country.
The beneficiaries will include masons, plumbers, carpenters, tilers, PoP designers, fabricators, steel benders, among others, in the artisanal industry.
Speaking during the MoU signing yesterday in Accra, the Chief Executive Officer of YEA, Kofi Agyepong, said the over 700 artisans to be employed by INZAG Germany GmBH will be engaged for the construction and rehabilitation of the 64.7 km Ashaiman to Akosombo dual carriage bypass road.
“We started with employment of 6000 community health workers. Then we came to 500 prison officers and, now, we have also opened the training for 5000 security officers. This is a major achievement for the Youth Employment Agency,” he noted.
According to him, the beneficiaries would be recruited and trained by the Authority, and posted to the construction firm to undertake a two-year contract.
“The recruits are not only going to earn a living for themselves, through this employment, but will probably contribute their expertise to the construction of this major state asset,” he said.
He indicated that the agreement had been carefully put together, and the welfare and safety of workers also taken into consideration.
“Workers to be employed under this agreement will have their income taxes, social security contributions and other statutory payments made on their behalf by Insert Germany,” he assured.
He further stated that there are outlined measures and procedures to provide proper forum for complaints for the necessary disciplinary actions to be taken.
He stressed that no person recruited will be paid less than the Minimum Wage, and will not be deprived of their rights, adding “security and statutory payments will be made to the beneficiaries of the module”.
The Youth Employment Agency, he said, will focus on training, development and upscaling of artisans to tackle the unemployment situation in the country.
He, however, regretted that the unemployment situation in the country is borne out of lack of requisite and quality skill set among the youth.