The Executive Director of Ghana National Service Scheme (NSS) has called for a change in policy to aid graduates who complete their mandatory service find jobs.
Mustapha Ussif said such a policy will address a situation where over 50% of graduates from our tertiary institutions do not find jobs two years after their service and 20% still do not find jobs after three years.
He said this while presenting a paper at the National Summit on Tertiary Education and Enterprise Development on Wednesday at Koforidua in the Easter Region.
Speaking on the topic “transitioning from National Service to Regular Work”, he said, “this is the reality the country faces and has necessitated the need to redesign our policies for the youth to have a clear path to gain employment to improve their livelihoods which will enable them contribute towards national development.”
The 3-day Summit organised by the Education Ministry in collaboration with the Business Development Ministry and other collaborating Ministries under the theme “Putting the Graduates to Work” is aimed at reducing the rate of graduate unemployment in the country.
According to him, the National Service Scheme has played and continue to play a crucial role in deploying graduates from our tertiary institutions to workplaces within the public and private sectors across the country.
“In the past 6 years, the Scheme has posted about 502,494 graduates to various public and private sectors of the economy averaging 70,000 each year and 106,000 deployed in 2018”.
“In recognizing the instrumental role the Scheme plays in brokering graduates employment between different sectors of the economy”, the Scheme, he said, “has been on a constant quest to consistently evolve itself and become responsible to the needs of graduates and employment trends of the job market and the required skills needed.”
Mr Ussif who doubles as the MP said the Scheme under his leadership has embarked on several innovative programs to ensure personnel deployed by the scheme gain the requisite skills and techniques to enable them become job creators instead of job seekers.
The Scheme he added, has strategically introduced programs that will ensure our graduates benefit fully from the President’s flagship programs such as the “Rearing for Food and Jobs”.
“This has led to the introduction of the Entrepreneurship and Innovative Module (EIM) by the Scheme where graduates are trained in the various value chain of poultry production.