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Ghana: Youth struggle for jobs as officials demand more from job seekers

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Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi is an experienced and award winning journalist from Ghana. He has worked for several media brands both in Ghana and on the International scene. Isaac Kaledzi is currently serving as an African Correspondent for DW.

Ghana’s Deputy Minister for Tourism, Cultural and Creative Arts, Abla Dzifa Gomashie(Fourth from right) with some young people in Ghana. Photo Credit: Emmanuel Leslie Addae.


Youth in Ghana are struggling to secure jobs due to limited opportunities. It has forced various institutions to devise new ways to fix the issue.

An initiative called the Africa Internship Academy is currently being run under the auspices of the People Initiative Foundation to help address the situation.

The Africa Internship Academy (AIA) begun its first Work Integrated Learning Program by offering its first 50 cohorts a full tuition free scholarship on 7th November, 2016.

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AIA seeks to reduce the rate of unemployment on the continent by grooming young talents to be change agents who would transform their society.

Ghana’s Deputy Minister for Tourism, Cultural and Creative Arts, Abla Dzifa Gomashie has advised young people to bring more to the table than just their certificates when seeking jobs.

She was speaking to Interns of the Africa Internship Academy during a visit to tour the facility. The very lively interaction had the Honorable Minister share personal principles gained from her childhood which had served as a guide for her in life.

Abla Dzifa Gomashie advised Interns to read wide. She said that a person who reads wide can always have something insightful to contribute to discussions and would not lack words when addressing an audience. Quoting Shakespare’s, “let your actions match your words”, she stressed on the need for consistency in personal branding and advised the young interns to “dress the part”.

Ending the session, the Minister commended the founders of the Academy for their laudable efforts to solve one of Africa’s major challenges.

On his part, Daniel Amoako-Antwi who is the Regional Business Manager for the Africa Internship Academy thanked the minister for this rare gesture in finding time to come and speak with the interns of AIA. He emphasized that the whole mandate of AIA is to “Groom Africa’s next generational change Agents”- “Our Goal is to impact 100 million youth on the continent in the next 10 years.”

Admissions for the next cohort in January 2017 are open. Kindly visit for more information.



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