DHL Ghana supported a capacity and job skills training program delivered by SOS Children’s Village in Ghana to equip 60 youths with employable skills. The seven-day boot camp, held at Cocoa College at Bunso in Abuakwa North Municipality of Ghana’s Eastern Region, benefited participants from SOS Children’s Villages across Ghana, including 29 females and 31 males. Participants received training in employability and entrepreneurial skills to make them change agents and competitive job seekers respectively.

Mr. Serigne Ndanck Mbaye, DHL’s CEO of West Africa and Country Head-Ghana, observed that since 2012, the company’s partnership with SOS Children Village under the DHL GOTEACH project had worked to bridge the gap between competencies developed in schools and soft skills required for entrepreneurship and employment. Mr. Mbaye explained that though unemployment remained a major issue, the lack of employable skills were largely contributory factors to unemployment, which was why DHL supported the program, reaching some 500 young people over the years.

National Youth Development Advisor of SOS Children’s Village (Ghana) Mr. Godknows Kporha said participants received training in CV writing, interview skills, job hunting skills, business identification, business proposal writing, fund sourcing for business and communication and leadership skills, branding, marketing, financial management, problem-solving skills, personal and time management. Empowering young people with employability and entrepreneurial skills for self-reliance would help make participants job creators, Mr. Kporha said. Mr. Benjamin Belo, DHL Administration Coordinator and Youth GoTeachannounced that, as part of the initiative, DHL would provide internship opportunities to enable some participants obtain on-job skills

Ms Paulina Okine, a beneficiary of the project and level 200 students of the University of Ghana expressed gratitude to SOS Children’s Village and DHL for the initiative, indicating that the programme has better helped her to prepare for an entrepreneurial adventure while still in school instead of waiting to be employed.

Ms Shem Yirenkyi, a fashion designer among the beneficiaries said the programme has given her the idea of how to make her business more attractive to customers through marketing, branding skills and self-leadership, as she hoped her business moves beyond Ghana.

Key Witnesses:

  • Mr. Serigne Ndanck Mbaye, DHL’s CEO of West Africa and Country Head-Ghana,
  • Mr Godknows Kporha, National Youth Development Advisor of SOS Children’s Village (Ghana)
  • Mr. Benjamin Belo, DHL Administration Coordinator and Youth GoTeach
  • Mr. Daniel Baani, The Programme Director of Asiakwa SOS Children’s Village