Social Enterprises and Youth Employability Stakeholders, Accra Technical University

Partnership: Accra Technical University, University of Huddersfield, Achievers Ghana Education, University of Bolton

Project Name: Graduate employability within the Higher Education framework: The Ghanaian perspective

Project Summary: To evaluate the effect of social enterprise orientation on youth employability in Ghana.

Unemployment is currently one of the critical problems facing the Ghanaian economy. The challenge has therefore become an issue of great concern not only to government, but also to employers and trade unions. A new World Bank report titled “Youth Employment Programs in Ghana: Options for Effective Policy Making and Implementation” identifies agribusiness, entrepreneurship, apprenticeship, construction, tourism and sports as key sectors that can offer increased employment opportunities for Ghanaian youth.

Of the countless numbers of technical universities and traditional Universities in country, very few can be linked to training of the youth in areas mentioned by the World Bank report. Many programs in our universities have out-lived their relevance to society, not to mention career guidance and counselling, work-based learning, coaching, and mentoring to equip young people with the skills needed for work. This project will seek to address these challenges by investigating ways in which the universities can overhaul their programs and teaching/coaching approaches.