The Marketing and Entrepreneurship Students Association from all universities in the country has organised an entrepreneurship summit themed “Entrepreneurship as a career option.” for students on April 22, 2022, at the Ghana Business School auditorium.
The highly attended summit took students through entrepreneurial skills with the facilitator imparting to the audience on "ICT/Digital opportunities available for young entrepreneurs".
The Chief Executive Officer for Ghana Digital Center Limited, Hon Kwadwo Baah Agyemang speaking at the summit indicated that the global Economies and particularly jobs are under severe strain following the negative impact of Covid-19 and the effect of the Russia-Ukraine war, it behoves us to leverage technology which has proven to be the major avenue and enabler of jobs that can be created in numbers to salvage the alarming unemployment situation in the country.
He stated that less than 30% of graduates typically gain any form of employment immediately after their national service period. This is due to the mismatches in desired digital skills between education and industry.
In Ghana, most graduates are ill-prepared to fill jobs that will require at least a basic set of digital skills.
"The GDCL is collaborating with relevant government agencies and donor partners to commence programs aimed at bridging the gap between academia and industry" he added.
Kwadwo Baah made it known that a lot needs to be done to change the mindset of the Ghanaian youth through; Teaching, Learning and Training. It’s about time we introduced more Entrepreneurship Courses in our Academic Curricula using some of the ICT tools and modules to facilitate this process and by so doing instil that Entrepreneurial Spirit in our young men and women.
"That's why there is a key program that GDCL and NSS are pursuing to support the government's plan to promote innovation and raise skills levels in Ghana to meet the needs of the digital economy" he said.