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YEA launches youth in garment and textiles module to bridge skill gaps

The Youth Employment Agency (YEA) has launched the “Youth in Garment and Textiles Module” at Kumasi in the Ashanti region.

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of YEA, Kofi Baah Agyepong said the Garment and Textile industry plays a significant role in Ghana’s economy, contributing to export revenue, employment generation, and culture preservation.

The Module, he said aims at bridging the skill gaps and creating sustainable employment opportunities for young people interested in tailoring or dressmaking and ultimately contributing towards the growth and development.

Addressing the event, the module has been designed carefully to allow beneficiaries to receive in-depth knowledge and hands-on training in various aspects of tailoring and dressmaking, including fabric selection, cutting techniques, sewing, garment construction, pattern making, and alterations.

The Programme also targets to directly engage already existing apparel start–ups to support the implementation process to achieve the desired objectives and this will involve; On-the-Job Training in the various skill areas to be undertaken by selected Garment and Textile partner companies, Micro and Small- scale seamstresses and tailors –they would provide apprenticeship for the youth within their communities.


Ahead of the launch, the Garment and Textile module has generated a positive response from the stakeholders as Two thousand (2,000) registered Beneficiaries have so far been shortlisted as trainees with Five hundred (500) Master craftsmen, in the category of Micro and Small-scale dressmakers and tailors, selected as trainers of the trainees.

Youth Employment Agency

Youth Employment Agency

He also revealed that over twenty (20) selected Industrial Garment companies are also being engaged as trainers of the Beneficiaries in large-scale garment manufacturing.

According to him, the YEA has exceeded its 2023 youth employment projection by 16% as it is projected to engage 71,500 youths throughout its programmes.

However, as of May 2023, the Agency has engaged 84,483 youths who are working and contributing to various sectors of the economy.


According to him, he has always been guided by His Excellency the President’s vision of a sustainable job creation for the youth by ensuring that the majority of them benefit from various programmes rolled out by the YEA and under the current management, the YEA has been able to achieve the recruitment of 6,000 Community Health Workers; recruitment of 15,000 Community Protection Assistants; recruitment of 1,500 Prisons Service Assistants; recruitment of 800 artisans for the INZAG Project.

We still have the 45,000 beneficiaries for the youth in Sanitation Module, recruitment of 4,000 farm workers for the Afarinick Cocoa rehabilitation Programme; recruitment of 6,000 insurance agents, creation of over 11,000 employment opportunities through the YEA’s Job Centre,” he said.

Kofi Baah Agyepong also pointed out that the YEA has collaborated with other State institutions like the Building and Road Research Institute of the CSIR, the Ghana Library Authority, the Accra Digital Centre, the National Labour Commission, National Entrepreneurship and Innovation Programme (NEIP) to give training to Ghanaian youth.

Youth Employment Agency

Youth Employment Agency

He also explained that the Garment and Apparel Training and Employment Programme, under the Apparel and Textiles Module, is aimed at creating sustainable opportunities for young people interested in dressmaking or industrial sewing.


According to him, YEA has surpassed its set targets and is poised to introduce other innovative ideas by creating additional 31,600 job opportunities for the youth of Ghana in 2023. But we cannot do this without additional funding.

Chief of Staff

Chief Of Staff at the Office of The President, Madam Akosua Frema Osei-Opare said the government is committed to youth employment interventions, by initiating policies aimed at providing skills, necessary for productivity growth and sustained development.

She said this at the official launch of the Youth Employment Agency’s (YEA) Youth Employment Agency’s Garment and Apparel Module in Kumasi.

According to her, the Free SHS policy, Free TVET intervention, and the numerous business support schemes available for youth start-ups and youth entrepreneurs across the country are key programme the government had employed to make lives better.


According to her, the YEA’s Garment and Apparel Module is a laudable initiative that plugs into the government’s efforts at promoting the Technical and Vocational Sector as a viable alternative means of employment.

The Chief of Staff called on all the master craftsmen of the Garment and Apparel Module to demonstrate a strong commitment by providing high-quality training to all beneficiaries, urging them to provide top-notch, high-quality technical skill transfer and acceptable business culture for all beneficiaries to emulate.

Minister of Employment

On his part, the Minister for Employment and Labour Relations, Ignatius Baffour-Awuah on his part, stressed efforts the government is making to build the capacities of youth and create an enabling environment for them to secure and create jobs.

He mentioned that job creation has become a major factor in the development of the country hence, the government would not gloss over issues relating to the sector.


Ignatius Baffour-Awuah said his ministry together with YEA will soon launch and add other disciplines to the modules, adding that more is in the pipeline and Ghanaian youth must have confidence in the government.

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