The focus of the National Service Scheme (NSS) is to become an employable agency that will create job opportunities for the youth in the country, the Executive Director of the Scheme, Mr. Osei Assibey Antwi, has said.
He said, it is the avowed aim of the current management of the Scheme to roll out more innovative programmes to ensure that more service personnel will be in gainful and viable employment after their service.
He noted that, the programmes among others would equip service persons with the requisite skills to create their own enterprises after their service each year.
Mr Assibey Antwi said, the new focus of the NSS emanated from the fact that, statistics showed a rather staggering number of service persons add up to the unemployed numbers each year.
“Per our records, only 24 percent of National Service Personnel reliably find jobs while a whole 76 percent end up jobless at the end of each service year, so we are using these programmes to work on the numbers to turn the figures around”.
He made this known when delivering a speech at the 2021/22 LAD DADE-KOTOPON MUNICIPALTY National Service Personnel Association (NASPA) elections and orientation at the Burma Camp in Greater Accra.
According to him, the newly introduced initiatives included Pathways to Sustainable Employment (PaSE) Project Ghana Tech Lab (GTL), which is currently training 600 service personnel in mobile apps and websites building skills; Venture Building Program (NSS and University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA) which is grooming 91 Service Personnel with entrepreneurship skills throughout the service year and GNSS/Ghana Export Promotion Authority, which is training 63 personnel in entrepreneurship and other skills requires to create products and services which can be exported outside Ghana.
Other modules include GNSS/Ghana Enterprises Agency, a program training National Service Personnel in entrepreneurship and provide support in various business fields in the country; the Stanbic Graduate Transition Support Program (GTSP), which is currently providing sustainable financial support system for National Service Personnel in the areas of financial literacy and business development; the NSS-GTA Support program, which has currently deployed 677 personnel to support the development of tourism in the country; Youth in Greenhouse Enterprise Project, which is training National service personnel in agri-business field and NSS
Construction and Housing Project which is training Personnel to embark on construction of real estate housing.
According to Mr. Osei -Asibbey Antwi, the initiatives, which are currently running as pilot programmes would be ran as fully operational modules with increased number of personnel intakes by the beginning of the next service year.
“For example, the PaSE project which is currently training 600 personnel in the development of mobile applications and websites will be expanded to train 20,000 personnel by the beginning of next service year,” he explained.
He said the programs were created on the back of careful and in-depth research on the current industry demands that require skill set to propel growth and optimum income.
“All these programs have been introduced to solve problems; we didn’t just create them but we did research and found the problems and we are providing the solutions”, he emphasized.
Mr. Osei Assibey Antwi further urged service Personnel to exhibit good traits in order to uphold the name of the Scheme.
“You are all ambassadors of the Scheme and as such, you have a big responsibility to be respectful to authorities, be time conscious and hardworking because it is only by these traits that you can be recommended to businesses and at the same time project and protect the good name of National Service Scheme” he further stressed”.