Yison Consult, a consultancy firm that provides training and business services for Small and Medium Enterprise (SMEs) has organised Information Technology (IT) training for 20 youth in the Upper West Region.
The beneficiaries, comprising eight females and 12 males, were undergoing a one month IT training in mobile application development after which the best five would be selected to participate in a hackathon at the national level.
In an interview with Mak News in Wa on Monday, Mr. Issahaque Serikpere Naa, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Yison Consult, noted that the best five to emerge in the hackathon would be giving a seed capital of US$10, 000.00 as well as other incubation trainings to enable them to develop mobile applications that would boost their businesses.
He was also therefore hopeful that those undergoing the training would intern pass the knowledge acquired through the training to other youth in the region.
“We all know that unemployment is a threat to national security in this country and youth are the most affected and this training is going to engage the youth.
At the end of this training they should be able to develop mobile apps to enhance their businesses or to also teach others. They will also be giving internship and the best five from the region will also compete with others at the national level for a seed fund of US$10,000.00”, Mr. Serikpere Naa said.
The young CEO noted that it was part of his commitment to ensure that the youth in the region were equipped with the needed skills to enable them to function effectively in society hence the need to fight for the programme to be brought to the region.
“I saw that this is an opportunity for my region, which the region wasn’t part. We fought that the region should be included because we can do the training here and we can provide all the requirements they needed” Mr. Serikpere Naa added.
He explained that before an organisation becomes a training partner it must meet certain conditions including a centre with computer and high internet connectivity, an instructor who was a software developer or understood the programming language and internship opportunities for the participants after the training programme.
Mr. David Asiamah, the Yison Consult IT Instructor, indicated that the training programme was well structured to ensure that the participants were abreast with the fundamentals of mobile application development including Java script at the end of the one month period.
“We have structured the programme and we are supposed to meet daily task. So the training is very regimented in that by the time they end the four week programme they would have gone through the curriculum that has been planned for them, and they will be able to build the mobile app”, Mr. Asiamah explained.
Some of the participants who spoke to Mak News indicated their readiness to maximise the knowledge acquired for the benefit of the society as well as those who could not get the opportunity to benefit from the training.
The training in the Upper West Region was in partnership with the Upper West Regional Coordinating Council, Regional Health Directorate, Wa Municipal Assembly and the University of Ghana Adult Education centre.