The Youth Employment Agency (YEA) has organised its maiden Job Fair in Accra aimed at bringing employers and job seekers together to explore job opportunities.
The fair attracted tens of thousands of prospective job seekers who thronged the Accra International Conference Centre to partake in the event on the first day. The agency says it expects close to 3,000 job opportunities from employers through the fair.
Speaking to Business24 at the opening of the fair, Lydia Atiemo, YEA’s Deputy CEO in Charge of Finance and Administration, said: “Employers are ready to hire 3,000 youth today and also to go on our platform to review further CVs; this is a significant step where you have all stakeholders ready to give their best.”
A Deputy Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, Bright Wireko Brobbey, commended the initiative by YEA and pledged government’s support while urging the private sector to complement the state’s efforts in reducing youth unemployment in the country.
The primary objective of the fair is to provide an opportunity for job seekers to go through live interview sessions towards getting employed by the participating companies.
This is the first job fair after the YEA Job Centre was launched in October 2019. The centre is an initiative by the current YEA management to provide prospective job seekers with skills addition towards sustainable job creation and employment opportunities. It has enabled over 3,000 young persons to gain permanent employment in both the public and private sectors.
Since the establishment of the centre, 543 companies have signed up with it, with 120 companies outsourcing jobs through the centre.
The job fair will be replicated in other regions, including the Western, Northern, Volta, Eastern and Ashanti Regions.