Graduate employability within the Higher Education framework: The Ghanaian perspective
It is estimated 230,000 Ghanaians annually seek to enter the labour market. However, the formal economy can offer jobs to about 2% of this number. Consequently, 225,000 are left without employment. Furthermore, about 50% of those employed are underutilised as they lack entrepreneurial skills. Additionally, the current infrastructure is prohibitive to start-up and small-medium scale enterprises. This situation has an adverse effect on socio-economic development, exacerbated by the impact of COVID-19. With the associated global economic recession, an approach to address unemployment is needed to equip the labour force with appropriate employability skills.
Accra Technical University, University of Huddersfield, Achievers Ghana Education and the University of Bolton are in partnership on this project to respond to this challenge. The project involves exploratory research with young people to develop a new understanding of the meanings that work hold for them and the unique challenges they face in securing appropriate work.
This study aims to generate new insights into the experiences, attitudes, barriers and strategies of young people as they navigate the social reality of securing meaningful work by Adopting a solution/strengths-based approach with young people as partners, recognising their local knowledge, experience, creativity and skills; Develop skills led resource training programme that will equip young people with contemporary employability skills and knowledge presented within the modern enterprise; Support the development of young people in participatory peer research, enabling sense-making and draw on their creativity to co-produce strategies for change and skill development; Deliver an innovative dissemination strategy with policymakers, practitioners, communities and young people; Work closely with local partners to maximise opportunities for ownership, engagement with findings and for co-production of sustainable skills-based outcomes.
The British Council – Innovation for African Universities Programme (IAU) is implemented by the Centre of Excellence (CoE), a partnership between the City, University of London, the University of Nairobi and ChangeSchool UK.
The Programme comprises 2 4 partnerships of UK universities, SSA universities and entrepreneurial ecosystem organisations. The Programme is running in Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana & South Africa.
We’re looking forward to working in partnership with the project team to exchange knowledge and ideas to strengthen the role of universities in entrepreneurship ecosystems.
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