Big boost for NaBCo: President urges agencies to consider trainees first for jobs Featured

By Nana Yaw Dwamena October 18, 2019 2587 245 comments

As a reward for the sacrifices they are making for the nation, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has urged the module implementation partners (MIPs) of the Nation Builders Corps (NaBCo) to offer first choice of permanent job opportunities to trainees from the scheme assigned to their agency, whenever such opportunities present themselves.

“They should be the first to be considered when opportunities for permanent employment come up. Indeed, as the economy of our nation grows rapidly, largely as a result of competent management and appropriate policies, many more employment opportunities will be generated,” the President said yesterday.

Speaking at the first anniversary of the inception of NaBCo, he commended the MIPs for their partnership in the scheme, and appealed to them to recognise and reward the sacrifices made by trainees.

The trainees are guaranteed work placements lasting over 24 months, reinforced by on-the-job training as well as generic soft skills training, to add value to their basic academic qualifications.

“When the current trainees are about to exit the programme, present concerns over their future will appear moot. This is because trainees would be equipped, and will thrive without recourse to NaBCo planning their exit arrangements,” the President said.

Positive input

Last year, President Akufo-Addo inducted 100,000 unemployed graduates into NaBCo to assist in service delivery in the public sector, and also to help address graduate unemployment in Ghana.

A year on from its inception, the President says the 100,000 beneficiaries have made positive contributions to the country’s growth and development.

“There is hardly any sphere of our national life in which the contribution of our young NaBCo trainees is not being felt – education, agriculture, health, local government, the digitisation process, revenue mobilisation and private-sector activity,” he said.

President Akufo-Addo remarked particularly on the 12,750 trainees working with the National Digital Property Addressing System.

Again, with regard to the fight against “galamsey”, he disclosed that over 200 NaBCo trainees are working with the Interministerial Committee on Illegal Mining. Some of the trainees are being trained to operate surveillance drones.

“Our flagship policy for the renewal of Ghanaian agriculture, dubbed the ‘Programme for Planting for Food and Jobs’, has seen NaBCo trainees work in areas such as extension services, seed and fertiliser distribution and in mechanisation,” the President also said.

Mobilising revenue

The Ghana Revenue Authority engaged nearly 10 per cent of the NaBCo workforce within its customs, domestic tax and revenue divisions.

According to the President, information available shows positive stories of increased revenue as customs officers take more effective control of the country’s borders with the support of NaBCo trainees.

“The Ministry of Finance, in partnership with Oracle Ghana, is currently building the capacity of about 100 trainees to assist with the digitisation and management of the systems deployed under the Public Financial Management Reforms Programme,” he said.

“Across all the sectors of our national life are examples of such positive stories of valuable contributions by our young NaBCo trainees.
“We owe them these opportunities to help them realise their potential. Not only does this assist with their growth, but it also helps to secure our collective future,” President Akufo-Addo said.

Exit plan

The President argued after a year of successful implementation, NaBCo is now ready to deploy its learning platform, through online and direct instruction, via its designated learning centres across all regions of the country.

“Through what we collectively aspire to achieve, and the steps currently being taken, I am left in no doubt that we can be a nation reliant on our creativity, hard work, sense of enterprise and spirit of innovation,” he said.

Launching the NaBCo Skills and Talent Academy (NSTA Pathways), President Akufo-Addo said the new arrangement brings clarity to exit preparations for the trainees.

“This, ultimately, will deliver the requisite value-addition to the entry qualifications and competencies of all trainees, thus making them both work-ready and career-driven in their future pursuits.
“The story has been commendable so far – nearly 11,000 have transitioned into their chosen future careers since deployment a year ago.”

Self-reliance

President Akufo-Addo said many more employment opportunities will be generated, with the current gains being recorded by the economy as a result of his government’s pragmatic policies.

He expressed optimism that with the steps the government is taking to ensure that Ghana becomes self-reliant, the vision of a Ghana Beyond Aid can be achieved.

“We can move Ghana to a situation beyond aid ‒ ie, a Ghana that has discarded the mindset of aid, dependency, charity and handout; charted the path of self-reliance for her progress and prosperity,” he told guests at the anniversary celebrations.

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