SINAPI Aba Trust (SAT), a leading financial institution in the country, has extended its youth apprenticeship programme to Dunkwa-On-Offin in the Central Region.
The programme is to train the youth in employable skills to enable them to earn a living and break out of the poverty cycle.
Sinapi Aba Trust has estimated to spend an initial GH¢42,000 on the Dunkwa-On-Offin project.
At the inaugural ceremony of the programme at Dunkwa-On-Offin, 28 youth were presented with training materials to enable them to undergo training under master craftsmen in various employable skills.
They would be taken through trades such as dressmaking, hairdressing, aluminium fabrication, tilling and draughtsmanship and auto mechanic.
According to the Co-ordinator of SAT, Mr Thomas Appiah- Mensah, the programme had since its introduction trained 841 beneficiaries in areas, including Ejura-Sekyedumasi, Asunafo South, Accra, Cape Coast, Nkawkaw, Ho, Mankeseim and Offinso.
A board member of Sinapi Aba Trust, Mrs Theodosia Jackson, said the programme was meant to improve the quality of life of the Ghanaian youth through the provision of income earning
opportunities and education on HIV AIDS prevention.
The programme, she stated, would go a long way to complement the National Youth Employment Programme being undertaken by the government.
Mrs Jackson said for the achievement of the set goals of the project, various strategies, including effective monitoring of attitudes of beneficiaries towards their training, acquisition of vocational skills, capacity building in the areas of basic business training coupled with the education and prevention of the deadly HIV AIDS would be adopted.
She, therefore, urged them not to downplay the importance of the programme, but take their training seriously to achieve the set objectives.