The president of the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI) has lamented the quality of graduates that the various tertiary institutions are churning out.
Dr. Yaw Adu Gyamfi believes most university graduates are not skilled enough for jobs in the industry.
According to him, majority of the graduates who are posted to the industry for National Service struggle to adjust to the demands.
In his view, only a change to the educational curriculum could help produce graduates who are qualified and ready for the industry.
“One of the challenges we in the country are facing now is that when you look at the number of graduates coming out from our universities, you will notice that their training does not match what we want in the industry,” Dr. Adu Gyamfi told Accra-based Citi FM.
“How students are trained when they graduate leaves much to be desired. When you come to me as an employer, what you learnt in the classroom is not what I need but rather am looking for someone with the know-how.”
He called on students to engage in more internships in order to equip themselves before leaving school.
“There is a need for students to do an internship even while in school which is on the work training and this prepares students to know what industry is looking for and have a bit of experience to fit in after graduation.”
Dr. Adu Gyamfi said most graduates are in a hurry to be in leadership positions instead of focusing on learning the job.
“As soon as they graduate they want to be managers, have a car and all the benefits available. These things are not readily too available,” he said.
“We are looking for graduates with a different mindset, willing to work, learn and sacrifice. We are saying that whatever the curricular those in academia are developing, now is the time for them to bring industry, government and academia together to sit down and deliberate and see what is the way forward in order to create employment for them,” the AGI President added.
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