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UG-SRC launches ‘Sponsor a Student for Skill-Up for Jobs Bootcamp 2022’

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The University of Ghana Students’ Representative Council (UG-SRC) under the 2021-2022 leadership in collaboration with Global Entrepreneurship Network-Ghana (GEN-Ghana) is delighted to launch the ‘Sponsor A Student for UG SRC Skill-UP for Jobs Bootcamp 2022’ fundraising campaign.

The UG-SRC Skill-UP for Jobs Bootcamp project is an experiential training and exposure programme that has been designed to train, inspire, and equip 1000 students with job creation skills. It is intended to be a weekend training programme over a one-month duration comprising in-person practical skills sessions that will focus on sequential employability skills in selected disciplines.

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The participants will be coached to apply and showcase the acquired skill in micro-projects at the end of the training as a prototype on proof of concepts. Experts from industry have been poached to mentor the participants on their microprojects.

The bootcamp training programme will be climaxed with a Skills for Job Summit, where students will have the opportunity to ask questions from industry experts on the skills needed for emerging jobs of the future. This will motivate students to appreciate skills training at first hand.

The goals of this student-initiated project include to:

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  • Bridge the entrepreneurial skills gap of students
  • Respond to the changing employment situation by encouraging initiative
  • Create an enterprise culture and stimulate entrepreneurial activity
  • Increase the rate at which students participate in experiential learning
  • Provide insights and connections for students to be part of mentoring networks
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Features:

  • The programme will feature practical masterclass Skills training
  • Skills for Jobs Summit and Expo event.
  • Affirmative action for gender and persons with special needs will be considered

Four key practical skills training clusters which advance the targets of the UN agenda 2030 (SDGs) have been selected. These include creative arts, food business and agribusiness, digital and tech skills and micro manufacturing.

“Data from the Institute of Statistics, Social and Economic Research (ISSER) of the University of Ghana (UG), has revealed that only 10percent of university graduates find jobs after graduation. Support the UG SRC 2021-22 to change the graduate unemployment narrative by helping us to ‘Skill-Up’ UG students with income earning skills today so they can be self-employed and earn income after graduating from school.

We call on individuals, corporate organisations, development agencies, public sector institutions and the UG Alumni community to lend a hand to support this project to make a change together.  Please donate now at https://ugsrcskillupforjobs.com/donate/ or via shortcode *887*17# on all local networks in Ghana,” says Prince Asumadu, President UG-SRC 2021-2022.

The expected outcomes include:

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  • Participants will be exposed to job creation opportunities
  • Participants will create new business & new markets
  • 1000 students will be directly trained and equipped with job skills
  • Contribute to the Ghana’s achievements of the UN Sustainable Development Goals
  • Provide students with life-long skills and experiences to thrive economically whilst helping Ghana to prosper
  • Interactions with mentors will influence student perspectives on the possibilities open to them after graduation
  • Participants will appreciate work and its function in the economy
  • Participants will develop work habits and attitudes necessary for job success
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“UG SRC Skill Up For Jobs is a perfect example of what academia and the private sector can do together to deal with the menace of graduate unemployment in Ghana. We encourage individuals, philanthropists and corporate Ghana to support the students to acquire these experiential income earning skills” -said Steve Gyasi-Kwaw (Country Founder GEN Ghana)

UG-SRC

The Students’ Representative Council (SRC) is the umbrella body of all undergraduate students at the University of Ghana, Legon. The SRC as the official mouthpiece of the entire student body advocates for the interests of students and fosters their welfare as well.  The SRC communicates the interests of students to authorities and represents the student populace on the university council and other boards.

Also, it coordinates the activities of academic, cultural, religious, political and recreational clubs and societies. The SRC also fosters good relations between students of the University and the outside world by coordinating with other student organisations in Ghana and elsewhere in matters of mutual interest. In recent times, the SRC has assumed more prominently the added role of being development partners of the university and the Ghanaian society at large.

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GEN-Ghana

Global Entrepreneurship Network – Ghana (GEN-Ghana) is an entrepreneurship and innovation advancement organisation that provides and promotes a platform of local, / international programmes and activities aimed at making it easier for anyone to start and scale a sustainable business.

We work by fostering deeper cross border collaboration and initiatives between entrepreneurs, investors, researchers, policymakers and entrepreneurial support organisations. We work with government, corporations, NGO’s, development agencies to fuel healthier start and scale ecosystems that create more jobs, wealth, educate individuals, accelerate innovations for sustainable social and economic impact.

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GEN-Ghana is a company limited by guarantee under the laws of Ghana, registered in March 2010. We are a member of Global Entrepreneurship Network which operates in over 160 countries independently, working to build one entrepreneurial ecosystem around the world.

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Frederick Nuetei Nortey known professionally as Frederick Nortey is a Ghanaian Celebrity Blogger and publicist.He founded fredericknuetei.com an entertainment website and blog that primarily publishes news about Ghanaian Celebrities.

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Prince Charles highlights desire of Ghanaian youths to create their own jobs in his International Youth Day message

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In a message for International Youth Day, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales said:

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“It is a great pleasure to be able to mark International Youth Day, an occasion which is immensely close to my heart. Today gives us all an opportunity to celebrate the incredible achievements of young people and, additionally, allows us to reflect on the impact that recent years have had on the younger generation. In terms of the adversities they have faced, it is remarkable to see the resilience and ambition young people continue to show in the face of unprecedented global challenges.

“It gives me great personal pride to reflect on the stories of the young people I have met through the work of my Prince’s Trust. Over the past forty-six years, The Prince’s Trust group of charities has helped well over one million young people in more than twenty countries to build better futures for themselves.

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“And yet many more young people continue to need our support, having endured vastly challenging events in recent years. From the impact of a public health crisis, and now a cost-of-living challenge, to the threat of climate change, there has been much to erode the hope of the younger generation”.

Concluding the message for International Youth Day, His Royal Highness added:

“It is time for us all to come together to support the world’s future workforce. From decades of experience in the United Kingdom, and now across the Commonwealth and beyond, my Trust has demonstrated that, by investing in the potential of young people, society and a circular, green economy based on harmony with Nature will feel the positive benefits for years to come.

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“I want to extend my heartfelt thanks to everyone who is already supporting young people around the world. But most of all, I want to show my appreciation of what the younger generation can achieve.  It is particularly important that you know your resilience is respected, your determination is admired and that our commitment to you is clear, in order to give you all the chance”.

Founded by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales and building on four decades of experience in the UK, Prince’s Trust International delivers employability, education and enterprise programmes in over 17 countries. The charity began piloting its programmes in Ghana in 2019 before launching its work in the country earlier this month.

Since 2019, Prince’s Trust International has supported over 1,500 young people in Ghana, partnering with Junior Achievement, Youth Opportunity and Transformation Africa, Environment 360, and funders including Fidelity Bank and Bank of America.

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Prince’s Trust International has now launched new research into the future of work, supported by HSBC. The research highlights ‘An Upskill Struggle’ for many young people on their journey from education to the workplace. The report encompasses a YouGov survey of 10,000 young people and focus groups across 12 countries.

The new research set out to understand the views of young people on the future of work and the actions business, government and civil society can take to help young people achieve their ambitions. The findings show that half (46%) of young Ghanaians would most like to set up their own business, by far the most popular choice compared to working for a large business (16%) or the Government (21%).

Alongside entrepreneurship, 87% of young people showed interest in securing a green job and 91% interested in digital jobs. With young people showing an eagerness to work in these emerging sectors, it is notable that almost all (98%) value life skills such as confidence, teamwork and communication.

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This week, Prince’s Trust International Chief Executive, Will Straw, attended an online event to discuss the findings of ‘An Upskill Struggle’ with partners in Ghana. During the event, participants discussed the challenges young people face and the need for partners to continue working together to support them.

Will Straw, Chief Executive of Prince’s Trust International, said:

“It is fantastic to see so many young people in Ghana excited by the possibility of setting up their own business, alongside their interest in growing sectors including in the green and digital economy. As we mark this International Youth Day and look ahead, we will build on these insights to ensure that our programmes continue to help young Ghanaians to realise their potential”.

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Building on the initial success of its pilot programmes, Prince’s Trust International will now be scaling up its work with partners in Ghana through the targeting of opportunities that will prepare young people for the labour markets of tomorrow and help them develop the entrepreneurship and business skills needed to succeed.

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Adjetey Anang , Black Sherif, James Gardiner and nominated for the 7th EMY Africa Awards, voting process begins

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The Nominations have opened for the ever-prestigious 7th EMY Africa Awards have been announced on Saturday, August 6, 2022, with the announcement aired live on Joy Prime on DSTV channel 281, Joy 99.7 FM, Akwaaba Magic and Akwaaba Magic Abusua on DSTV channels 150 and 149 respectively and streamed live on YouTube via EMY Africa network.

The nominee’s announcement show, which was shot at the plush Labadi Beach Hotel in Accra was a world class production. The hosts, the versatile screen empress Nana Ama McBrown and the experienced Prince Moses Ofori Atta combined their creativity and charm to make the show a delight to watch, in anticipation of the main Awards event on October 1, 2022. Only the nominees for the four voting categories were announced- Man of the Year Music, Discovery of the Year, Actor of the Year and Designer of the Year.

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The honorees for some of the honorary categories will be announced in the coming weeks leading to the main awards night, while the rest will be announced at the main awards event.

Voting process

To vote, individuals are expected to visit www.emyafrica.com  and vote for their favorite nominees. They can also like the nominees post on @emyafrica Instagram page and text EMY, plus the name of the preferred nominee and category to short code 1393 to complete the voting process. The public vote constitutes 50% of total vote for the 7th EMY Africa Awards.

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The voting process, according to the organizer, effectively ends on September 22, 2022.

“As we always do, it is important for the public to participate in this process to give confidence to the selection mechanism”, Executive Director of EMY Africa, Daniel Kojo Soboh said.

Spanning categories, such as; Man of the Year, Magnate Award, Humanitarian Award, Young Achiever Award, Lifetime Achievement Award, Diasporan Award, Continental Icon Awards, The Technology Award, Woman of the Year, The Guardian Award, Health Award, and the Agriculture Award, this year’s event promises many positive surprises that has become the hallmark of the Awards.

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The voting categories

One of the key categories, MAN OF THE YEAR MUSIC, seeks to recognise the most prolific and consistent personality in the Music industry in the year under review. This honour is expected to go to an eventual winner who is Ghana-centric and have reach that extends beyond the country’s borders. In this category, big names such as Kidi, Kofi Kinata, King Promise and Joe Mettle made the slot.

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The DISCOVERY OF THE YEAR category, recognises a young adult-male who is emerging in a chosen industry. He must exhibit peer leadership skills and be a budding pillar of community. Names including Jeffrey Appiagyei, Black Sherif, Yemoh Ike & Amartei Armah and FREE THE YOUTH (Jonathan Coffie, Winifred Mensah, Richard Ormano and Kelly Foli) made the list.

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For the ACTOR OF THE YEAR, the eventual winner must be prolific and consistent in the movie industry in the year under review. He must be Ghana-centric and have reach that extends beyond the country’s borders. This category has nominees including, Adjetey Annag, Mawuli Gavor, Anthony Woode and James Gardiner.

Similarly, four key nominees have been shortlisted for the DESIGNER OF THE YEAR– a recognition which seeks to celebrate the most outstanding male designer, whose ideas are original and impactful. The nominees include Phillip Adjepong – Phil and Joe (Ghana), Mai Atafo – Atafo (Nigeria), George Tetteh – Atto Tetteh (Ghana) and Ezekiel Yartel- Yartel (Ghana).

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The 7th EMY Africa Awards is off with a great start with an impressive list of nominees, we can’t wait to see how grand the 7th Annual EMY Africa Awards is going to be on Saturday, 1st October, 2022. The 7thEMY Africa Awards is in partnership with the Diaspora Affairs-Office of the President of Ghana, GIPC, Rhythms Africa, Labadi Beach Hotel, Joy Entertainment (Joy FM, JOY Prime TV and Adom TV) and Akwaaba Magic Channel on DSTV

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