Business News of 2014-05-31

50 Women undergo training in soap making

A one-week intensive training in soap making has been organised for 50 participants drawn from four communities in the Gomoa East District in the Central Region.

It was aimed at equipping them to produce soap to earn a decent living. The women were selected from the Aboso, Benso, Ekroful and Akropong (ABEA) Cluster of Soapmakers.

The participants were taken through the making of laundry and toilet bar and liquid soaps.

The training, organised by the District Community Development Department, was sponsored by the Council for Technical and Vocational Training (COTVET) through the Skills Development Fund (SDF).

Arresting unemployment

Addressing the participants at the end of the training, the Executive Director of the National Vocational Training Institute (NVTI), Ing. Stephen B. Amponsah, said his outfit, which was established about 44 years ago, aimed at assising people to acquire skills to own their businesses to better their lives, as well as contribute to the development of the country.

He noted that they also had the objective of training master craftsmen to broaden their scope of knowledge to enable them to improve their respective trades.

According to him, the high graduate unemployment rate in the country can be arrested only if some students veer into the acquisition of entrepreneurial skills so that through that they can be managers of their own businesses.

He indicated that the world had reached a point where much importance was placed on vocational training and Ghana should not be an exception. “It is the surest way to economic progress”, he said.

Importance of vocational training

He explained that the acquisition of entrepreneurial skills was very essential since these skills could be used by trainees for the rest of their lives to work to improve their living standards.

He added that vocational training was for all and even graduates could take advantage of the major opportunities in the sector to acquire the needed skills to set up any business of their choice.

He disclosed that the NVTI would soon role out programmes to train university graduates in order for them to operate their own businesses to enhance their living conditions.

He advised the participants to make good use of the skills acquired so that they would be in the position to contribute to the progress of their families and the nation at large.

He urged them to employ good management practices to ensure that they sustained their operations.

Support from assembly

The Gomoa East District Chief Executive (DCE), Mr Isaac Kingsley Ahunu-Armah, assured the participants of the assembly’s support to enable them to produce on a large scale to meet the demand of customers.

He indicated there were a lot of job opportunities in the informal sector and, therefore ,urged women to acquire the needed skills in order to venture into the sector.

He appealed to them to manage their businesses efficiently so that they could stay in business for long.

The Assembly Member for the Akropong/Ekroful Electoral Area, Mr Ernest Quarm, in an interview with the Daily Graphic, said he decided to put the women together to form an association in 2012 to engage in trades to help reduce poverty among the women in the area.

He expressed optimism that the women would put the knowledge acquired to good use and set up their businesses so that they would work to improve their living standards, as well as the development of the area.

The Gomoa East District Community Development Officer, Mr Bashiru Aidoo, said the training was to help reduce poverty in the district, adding that it would be replicated in other communities so that a lot more women would be provided with vocational skills to support their families and the growth of the nation.