The opportunity given to graduates to make their choice from the seven NABCO modules available while applying is worth commending. The reason is that these different modules break monotony and they make it possible to accommodate several graduates from different disciplines to apply. In fact, there is virtually no graduate with whatever discipline that is not given the privilege to apply for the programme. However, the challenge is that while some graduates want to apply, a number of them do not know what category they fit in based on their discipline. The understanding of this plight is the essence of this article. It aims at giving you a detailed information and a breakdown of each of the modules so that, while applying, you are able to make the right choice without struggle eventually.
NABCO is a vital programme set up by the government of Ghana to help graduates out in terms of unemployment. Fully known as the Nation Builders Corps, the initiative is a platform which the government has set up to employ 100,000 graduates who would work in helping to solve major challenges in service delivery in the public sectors. The sectors where they would be useful include agriculture, education, health, governance, revenue collection and mobilization as well as in the area of technology in the country. While these graduates are given temporal employment opportunities, the government also hopes that it would serve to:
- Create a platform where the graduates can improve their skills so as to become employable while they transition into permanent employment;
- Improve on public service delivery and develop government revenue mobilization;
- Provide the needed infrastructure to improve access to basic public services.
Based on all these objectives, the government was able to come up with seven major NABCO modules which are Educate Ghana, Heal Ghana, Feed Ghana, Revenue Ghana, Digitise Ghana, Civic Ghana, and Enterprise Ghana. While working on their NABCO registration, it is expected that prospective applicants would choose anyone of choice from that category.
Breakdown of NABCO modules
Having explained all of that, it is worth having an ample knowledge of what each of the modules is all about. Consequently, in this section, not only will you know about each of the modules, you will also be able to determine which one of them you are eligible to apply for.
1. Educate Ghana
From the title of the module, at least, you will have an idea that the module deals with education. If that was your thought, then you thought right. The focal aim of "Educate Ghana" is to raise graduate teachers who would work in government schools across the country. While the short-listed candidates would be posted to primary and secondary schools, they are expected to impart the right knowledge into the students. This is one reason why the process of selection is a bit strict as the government does not want a group of people who would misinform the students, thereby misleading them.
There are four major areas of focus of the programme. It forms an acronym called "STEM". STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. However, this is not to mean or say that other subject areas would be overlooked. No. While other relevant subjects are expected to be taught, those four key areas would be taken with all forms of seriousness. For instance, in the aspect of technology, the government expects that the NABCO employed graduates would apply their skills in major areas including library and archival. These peopele are also expected to function well in nonformal education programmes, digital and mobile libraries programme.
Moreover, as published on their official website, it is expected that based on "the expansion of early childhood facilities and its mainstreaming with basic education, skills upgrading of NABCO trainees could offer possible permanent jobs in kindergartens and preschool settings." Even though the Ministry of Education has decided to engage more than 10,000 NABCO trainees based on their review, graduates who would be applying for the module are expected to major in education, science, computer science, engineering, and Mathematics.
2. Revenue Ghana
The government needs hands in the mobilization of revenue and collection of such in the country so that everyone liable to pay tax is made to perform that civic right. This is a reason for this module. At least, when there is enough revenue, an effective delivery of national development becomes possible. Graduates recruited for this task would provide a workforce and minimal technology solution so that they can generate the required revenue needed to develop Ghana.
On like some other modules with specialised discipline, all that is required is that any graduate applying for this should come from a recognised and accredited tertiary institution in the country. By implication, registration for this module is open to graduates from all disciplines.
3. Heal Ghana
This module is specially designed for those graduates in the healthcare line. Then, the main objective that the programme aims at achieving is that the graduates who are eventually absorbed into this module would provide healthcare delivery to those who seem to be deprived of quality healthcare services. Apart from this, some of them would be posted to work in rural communities all over Ghana. At least, with this, the government will be able to bring quality healthcare services to those who seem to be sidelined.
More so, by applying technology within health delivery, the government hopes that the graduate trainees under the NABCO Ghana programme would be very effective in the actualisation of that. In the execution of this module, it is expected that the trainees would be able to cater for those who are vulnerable and those with various forms of disabilities, especially in public institutions. Therefore, while trained nurses and other healthcare workers would be engaged in this module, some of them will be asked to work in critical sectors like emergency medicine. Some others will work in ambulance services and first aid care.
To this end, the Ghana Health Service and the Ministry of Health ensure that they give the necessary assistance to the scheme in terms of the required knowledge. This will be in areas within health delivery that require intensive workforce needs. Because of the sensitivity of this module, those applying for it are expected to be graduates with healthcare training. These set of people include trained nurses, midwives, medical laboratory technicians, pharmacy technicians and others within that health category.
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4. Feed Ghana
You will agree to the fact that agriculture is a core area in the transformation agenda of Ghana. This is one reason why graduate trainees in NABCO programme are essential and empowered to deliver crucial services that will increase the level of productivity in the country. Once trained, they would provide major supports to farmers.
Also, the short-listed graduates would be useful for e-agriculture agenda and for the dissemination of scientific knowledge. Considering other areas like the District Centres for Agricultural Transformation, seed and fertilizer programmes, mechanization centres, and District Warehouse and logistical management are some more reasons for their need.
Because of these major needs, more than 20,000 trainees are needed with support from the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, and Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development. However, anyone interested in applying for this module is expected to be a graduate with a certificate, diploma or degree in agricultural disciplines and food sciences.
5. Digitise Ghana
In this technologically advanced generation, any nation who does not follow the trend will be left out. We see nations achieving great things by the simple application of technology. And as a result, doing business becomes easier with improved efficiency. Earnings improve and productivity increase while costs are cut. This is a reason for this module. The government hopes that with it, there would be an opportunity to deliver a number of flagship initiatives. Some of these include National Identification scheme, Digital Addresses for every location in Ghana, and Land Title and Land Administration.
Hopes are also high in the area of Health and Safety monitoring solutions, Birth and Death Registry, Passport application, monitoring and evaluation hubs within Development Authorities to assist in recording and tracking progress of both the user sectors and projects, and so on. Even though graduates with any discipline are permitted to apply for this programme, yet, they encourage those with ICT background to do.
6. Civic Ghana
The focal point of this module is to make available some resource base at both the District and Constituency levels. Consequently, short-listed candidates here would be trained so that they can render some assistance within the constituency and district level. Just as Abraham Lincoln defined democracy as government for the people and by the people, the government of Ghana hopes to bring government to the citizens in the best simplified and collaborative way possible using this module.
The good thing also about "Civic Ghana" is that any graduate with whatever discipline can apply. What is important is that such a person must have graduated from a well-recognised and accredited tertiary institution in the country.
7. Enterprise Ghana
The fact is there are quite a number of areas in different parts of the country that are not yet industrialised. This is one of the bases for the design of this module. With the policy initiative of having a district industrial drive in the "One District One Factory initiative" and stimulating existing industries, it expected that private sectors will recruit some more graduates from this platform.
Given the enabling environment, the module expects that once the short-listed graduates have gone through the necessary training, existing and new industries can absorb them. To this end, any graduate from a recognised and accredited university in the country is permitted to apply for this module irrespective of their discipline.
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NABCO recruitment process
It is usually encouraged to visit the NABCO website to stay informed on the recruitment exercise. Under the NABCO news session, prospective applicants can always get updated information on their activities. However, the recruitment process follows a formalised approach that is made known to the public. This process involves announcing to the general public the date of commencement for registration which is also published on their official website. They also announce when the NABCO interview dates would be.
Once all the requirements have been met and an interview session have been scheduled with a candidate, such is expected to appear on that day on time. Even though some people get scared, but the truth is that the NABCO interview questions are not difficult; once you know how to answer interview questions, then you should be good to go. Also, every information required about NABCO postings and other NABCO latest news can be gotten on their official website.
From all that have been discussed so far, one thing is sure: NABCO modules are rich and the purposes for which they are created are tilted towards the development of the country. Even though the programme serves to help graduates solve the problem of unemployment, it is very much certain that anyone enlisted in the programme will benefit so much from this. This is apart from the fact that it will serve as a platform for them to contribute their quota towards the development of the nation. While NABCO updates their website from time to time, for any news information that you may need, you are strongly advised to visit it from time to time. And on a final note, remember to share your views in the Comments section below.
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