Absa Bank Ghana announced a partnership with Ghana Library Authority (GhLA) to make skills development e-learning resources accessible to 10,000 young Ghanaians. Participating youths will have the opportunity to undertake skills development courses on the Ghana Library Authority online portal under the four modules of the Absa ReadytoWork programme: Entrepreneurial Skills, Money Skills, People Skills and Work Skills.

Mrs. Nana Essilfuah Tamakloe, Marketing and Corporate Relations Director at Absa Bank Ghana, said, embracing foundational soft skills remained critically important as we consider our capabilities to adapt quickly to change. Mrs. Tamakloe said the opportunity created by the Ghana Library Authority fitted well into Absa’s skills development strategy of empowering young people to contribute meaningfully to national development.

“At Absa, our purpose is to bring possibilities to life by helping people to get things done; and we have identified the need to upskill the 21st-century youth with relevant skills to transition from learning to earning.”

Mrs. Nana Essilfuah Tamakloe | Marketing and Corporate Relations Director, Absa Bank Ghana

The Absa-GhLA ReadytoWork Program

The ReadytoWork e-learning toolkit will equip participants with soft skills such as critical thinking, emotional intelligence, excellent communications skills among others, to help transition young people smoothly from school mode into the world of work. This collaboration would also enable Absa Bank Ghana and the Ghana Library Authority to groom a cohort of mentees, follow their career path and track their development.

The ability for young people to think critically, analytically and creatively with emotional intelligence and excellent communications skills are very vital to the success of any youth entering into the world of work or being an entrepreneur, Mrs. Tamakloe noted.

Technology has taken over the way we do things and our organization has been advancing and assisting people in accessing digital learning resources which is in line with the Authority’s objective of promoting literacy.”

Mr. Hayford Siaw | Chief Executive, Ghana Library Authority

Launching the Absa-GhLA ReadytoWork program, the Chief Executive of Ghana Library Authority Mr. Hayford Siaw said the partnership will promote life-long learning, acquisition of skills and job opportunities among young people. The Ghana Library Authority expects the collaboration with Absa to help empower young Ghanaians with economically desirable and sustainable skills, which are vital in helping to address youth unemployment challenges in Ghana.

Additional information

Over the past three years, the Ghana Library Authority has embarked on the journey to connect Ghanaians to online learning resources. Over the past five years, Absa Bank has invested about ¢5 million into its Readytowork programme and has impacted more than 40,000 young people.

Young people wishing to be part of the Absa/GhLA Readytowork program can apply at no fee via www.library.gov.gh/readytowork.

Additional photo credits: Ghana Library Authority