A leading Canadian non-profit organisation, WUSC, has launched a five-year project, Innovation in Non-Traditional Vocational Education and Skills Training (INVEST) for women in Kumasi, Sekondi-Takoradi, and Accra.
This forms part of the Global Affairs Canada award in April 2021, a CAD$8.5 million grant to WUSC to deliver the INVEST initiative to promote sustainable pathways and enhance the economic empowerment, well-being, and inclusive growth of 5,000 urban poor young women in Ghana.
INVEST Project Director, Appiah Boakye said, “WUSC is excited about the opportunity that INVEST provides, to strengthen and connect TVET system actors on both the supply and demand side of the labour market, to holistically address how community, industry and training providers can encourage and nurture women to take up lucrative skilled work that will lead to greater economic prosperity for young women and ultimately mother Ghana”
WUSC launches 'INVEST' project to impact 5,000 young women in Ghana
The five-year collaborative initiative (2020-2025) seeks to specifically INVEST in women, institutions, and the labour markets of high-growth, male-dominated trades.
It is aimed at empowering women with sustainable skills, reduce gender-specific barriers and increase the contribution of women to achieve economic growth in Ghana through a threefold multi-dimensional approach.
1) Strengthening existing apprenticeship programs and expanding opportunities for young girls to access formal and informal apprenticeship programs through institutions and the private sector;
2) Enticing private sector to support young women’s entry into the sector and building the business acumen of female graduates and entrepreneurs and;
3) Outreach and sensitization at the community, industry, institutional and national levels around the inclusivity of women within male-dominated trade areas.
Through the INVEST initiative, WUSC will utilise an inclusive market systems approach to strengthen the capacity of a diverse array of TVET stakeholders to support women trainees, graduates, artisans and entrepreneurs in male-dominated trades.
Leveraging on partner expertise, WUSC is working alongside ABANTU for Development, National Entrepreneurship and Innovation Plan, Ghana Chamber of Construction and Industry, Women in Law and Development, and Self-Search Ghana.
Also, Commission for TVET, Farm Radio International, Lyme Haus Solutions and National Vocational Training Institute, to improve the functionality of system actors within the TVET system to deliver market-relevant and gender-sensitive training and support services to young women.
WUSC also intends to focus on two primary employment pathways: formal wage employment and entrepreneurship.
This is expected to be made possible by establishing a business case for employers in the industry to hire, retain and promote women in the workforce, as well as co-organised business competitions with industry partners to encourage women to start-up or scale businesses, women will be able to secure better opportunities and create an empowered life for themselves.
INVEST Business Development Advisor, Nii Tackie-Otoo on his part explained: “the plan to strategically partner with the private sector will accelerate the achievement and bring systemic impact to INVEST female employment and entrepreneurship agenda since the private sector has innovation, expertise, resources, extensive networks and capabilities which they can bring through entrepreneurship and market-based solutions that have the potential for achieving scale and sustainability in tackling systemic gender-based challenges in the non-traditional TVET sector.”
WUSC is a Canadian non-profit organization working to create a better world for all young people. We bring together a diverse network of students, volunteers, schools, governments, and businesses who share this vision.
Together, we foster youth-centered solutions for improved education, economic, and empowerment opportunities to overcome inequality and exclusion in over 15 countries across Asia, Africa, and the Americas.
Since 1950, WUSC has collaborated with Global Affairs Canada and other donors to implement innovative education programs and initiatives that scale up economic empowerment and improve opportunities for youth and women in different sectors.
With the launch of the INVEST initiative in Ghana, Global Affairs Canada and WUSC aim to impact 5,000 women and other stakeholders by building sustainable pathways and enhancing economic empowerment, well-being and promoting inclusive growth.