President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Tuesday, 1st May, 2018, launched the Nation Builders Corps (NABCO), which will employ, in this year alone, 100,000 young men and women to assist in the public sector service delivery needs of Ghana.
According to President Akufo-Addo, â€œNABCO will be the vehicle to deliver one hundred thousand (100,000) jobs in seven (7) prioritised areas, defined as the following modules: Educate Ghana; Heal Ghana; Feed Ghana; Revenue Ghana; Digitise Ghana; Enterprise Ghana; and Civic Ghana.â€
Explaining the rationale for the establishment of the Corps, President Akufo-Addo noted that the grim story of youth unemployment has been a tragic part of the lives of Ghanaians for far too long in Ghana, worsened, in recent times, by the ban placed on public sector employment by the International Monetary Fund.
That is why, according to the President, in the 2018 budget statement, â€œI gave an indication that a new employment scheme will be launched to tackle the issue of the growing numbers of graduates exiting our tertiary institutions with no job placements in sight.â€
NABCOâ€™s central focus, the President said, would be to create employment avenues and opportunities for young people who hold diplomas or degrees from accredited tertiary institutions, adding that â€œNABCO will enhance the dignity and self-esteem of our graduates, and will also present them with the added benefit of efficiency and effectiveness in the delivery of some essential public services.â€
President Akufo-Addo was confident that by the time NABCO trainees exit the scheme, which is for a 3-year period, â€œthe requisite work readiness skills and experience, often deemed a barrier to their employment as fresh graduates, would have been resolved.â€
How to apply
With module qualification and recruitment processes, and all the essential criteria, along with detailed information, all available on the website of NABCO (www.nabco.gov.gh), the President noted that the website is the only medium for receiving applications from graduates, as long as they are Ghanaian citizens, and have duly discharged their national service obligations.
â€œThere are no charges or costs, and no paper application forms to fill. Everything is being done online, and on the website of NABCO. This will optimise efficiency in the processing of applications, as well as afford the opportunity for checking with other available, national databases to prevent fraud,â€ he added.
The President continued, â€œWith the application processes closing on 1st June, 2018, it is expected that, by 1st July, selected applicants would become this countryâ€™s first NABCO trainees, who will receive training and will be deployed to commence their work by 1st August, 2018.â€
For the attainment of equity and fairness, the President noted that, every constituency has a stated allocation out of the 100,000 placements, which has been worked out based on a weighting formula, thus, ensuring all constituencies, large or small, adequate representation.
With the ultimate aim being to help guarantee employability of these graduates, placements would last for a period of three (3) years, earning NABCO trainees a stipend of 700 Ghana cedis every month.
â€œThis is a modest, but important beginning towards the restoration of their dignity. Beneficiaries will also receive continuous skills training, and retraining on the job, both to equip and guide their future career paths,â€ the President stated.
He noted further that the security offered by this graduate employment scheme implies that graduates have sufficient time to make prudent choices on their future entry onto the labour market, on potential interests of starting businesses and entrepreneurship, or even on definitive clarity on further learning options, guided by experiences and the benefit of exposure to the world of work.
With regards to persons who do not have diplomas or degrees, the President indicated that NABCO is freeing up the Youth Employment Agency (YEA) of the burden of dealing with everything to do with employment amongst the youth, especially graduates.
â€œNABCO is granting YEA extra absorptive capacity to concentrate on non-graduates. YEA will also recruit 80,000 non-graduates this year, whilst NaBCo commences recruitment of 100,000 graduates,â€ he explained.
President Akufo-Addo assured that Governmentâ€™s commitment to job creation will not end here, but would be accelerated through the implementation of our flagship programmes of â€œOne District One Factoryâ€, â€œOne village One Damâ€, and the Programme for Planting for Food and Jobs.
â€œWe are also creating an enabling economic environment for the private sector to thrive, which will drive in investment, foreign and domestic, and, thereby, help create jobs,â€ he added.
President Akufo-Addo urged graduates who qualify to enter this scheme to â€œown it and help something meaningful and fulfilling happen for yourself and for your country. Be proud to say â€˜I am a Nation Builderâ€™, and this country will be thankful to you too for rising up to the challenge.â€