Young University graduates to be recruited as beneficiaries under government’s employment generation programme, ‘Nation Builders Corps’ initiative would receive about GH₵600 as gross monthly salary.
The Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, Ignatius Baffour Awuah who disclosed this when he appeared in parliament to answer questions said all the 100,000 graduates captured in the 2018 budget statement will work for ten months and on monthly basis each person will get about GH₵600 as gross salary.
“The GH₵600 is just the beginning and of course when we say graduates you will agree with me that there are so many categories of graduates. Yes, I only gave the average figure of GH₵600 but you can have some taking as high as GH₵1,000 depending on your entry level.
“In labour front such interventions are called scoot job transition so they are not permanent jobs to say but they are just a preparation towards permanent jobs” he explained in an interview.
The Minister hinted that the concept which is currently being worked on would be fully rolled out next year.
“We are still working on the concept so I am only giving you a broad outline, so if you take national service for instance, it is a school to work transition but it is one year. I wouldn’t want to say that this will is going to follow the same pattern but anything that will prepare you from school to the job market is not seen as a permanent kind of job.
But it is to just give you a breathing space whilst you either do your professional career course or you prepare yourself for the job market” the Minister stated.
Government in the 2018 Budget Statement announced that 100,000 graduates under a new programme aimed at addressing livelihood empowerment and graduate unemployment in the country.
The new programme dubbed the Nation Builders Corps is focused on solving public service delivery in the health, education, agriculture and sanitation sectors as well as drive revenue mobilization and collection for the country.
The Nation Builders Corps will operate under the Office of the President as a special initiative.
Under the programme, every district on average is expected to provide jobs for 462 graduates.
Graduate teachers will be enrolled on a “Teach Ghana” program focused on Science, Technology, Engineering and Technology and Mathematics (STEM) and other relevant subjects in primary and secondary schools across the country.
Sanitation Inspectors will be enrolled on a “Clean Ghana” program focused on enforcing sanitation laws and inspection to ensure clean communities.
Trained nurses and other healthcare workers under the “Heal Ghana” program will be employed to provide healthcare delivery to deprived and rural communities across Ghana.
Trained Agricultural extension and other allied workers under the “Feed Ghana” program will be hired to provide extensive support to farmers along the agriculture value chains.
Tertiary graduates in a “Revenue Ghana” program will be employed to mobilize the youth to collect taxes that have been difficult to mobilize and enforce collection for the development of Ghana.
By: Christian Kpesese/ thePublisher