Forty youths in Sunyani have benefited from a 21-day skills training programme organized by the MTN Ghana Foundation and the National Youth Authority.
The training of the youth forms part of this year’s MTN Y’ello Care programme.
They were trained in the area of makeup and wig cap, beads making, introduction to online digital marketing and entrepreneurship.
About 330 youth are expected to be trained across the country.
Speaking at a ceremony to end the programme, MTN Team Leader for Bono, Bono East and Ahafo Regions, Kwasi Kwarteng said MTN would continue to contribute its quota in the creation of jobs by training more youth to start their own businesses.
Mr. Kwarteng urged the beneficiaries not to be selfish but they should go ahead to train others. This he believes would go a long way to reduce unemployment.
He commended the National Youth Authority for collaborating with MTN Ghana Foundation to train the youth.
He further admonished them to be on the lookout for fraudsters in the area of Mobile Money as their number is increasing.
“If you do not understand anything concerning Mobile Money our offices are there just get in touch and you would be sorted out.”
The Municipal Chief Executive for Sunyani, Mrs Justina Owusu-Banahene, who graced the occasion commended MTN Ghana Foundation for partnering with the NYA to train the youth.
Mrs. Owusu-Banahene indicated that her outfit would support the training of the youth the next time around.
“The welfare of the youth is my priority. Make good use of the skills you have acquired. Start small even from the corner of your home. When you practice you would improve upon your skills.”
She urged the graduates to also take the opportunity to train the youth who are willing to learn in their communities.
The Bono Regional Director of the National Youth Authority (NYA), Fatima Bamba also reiterated the desire of her outfit to continue to empower the youth in the region to get employable skills.
“As the programme has come to an end, I’m sure all of you are being empowered with new skills and training and the NYA pledges its readiness to work with all trainees under subsequent Programmes. As the national anthem states, let’s arise as Ghana youth for our nation needs our devotion.”
Madam Fatima was also grateful to MTN Ghana Foundation for partnering the NYA in training the youth.
A beneficiary of the training who was trained in Online Digital Marketing, Aramata Ibrahim, said she was grateful for the opportunity.
She urged the youth to participate in such programmes when opportunities come their way.
The graduates were given startups including tablets for their Online Digital Marketing and makeup accessories.