Graduate Unemployment situation in Ghana is increasing rapidly and this reality has sent many Alumna back to school and others frustrated. Data from the Institute of Statistics, Social and Economic Research (ISSER) of the University of Ghana, has revealed that only 10 per cent of graduates find jobs after their first year of completing school. It further indicated that, it may take up to 10 years for many graduates to secure employment due to varied challenges that ranged from the lack of employable skills, unavailability of funding capital for entrepreneurship, poor attitudes of graduates towards job opportunities, as well as the low capacities of industry to absorb the huge numbers.
The failure of many graduates to get jobs or create jobs for themselves is alarming. Unemployment is gradually becoming the number one problem facing the nation and poses a major security threat to our economy. Most often than not we look to the government for solutions but, the high rates of unemployment in the country deserves concerted efforts from all stakeholders to significantly reduce or eradicate this menace.
At SmithTips, we have discovered that it is best for students to develop the culture of “Entrepreneurship and Practical Corporate Career Development Framework” to enable them practically create sustainable businesses or fit into the corporate environment with the required skills. To be able to achieve this, we have embarked on a journey to create Clubs at all Tertiary Institutions nationwide with our aims and objectives directed towards the creating of a supportive learning community of individuals in an effort to:
- Enhance the tertiary curriculum and corporate environment relationship
- Guide and develop young professionals, to easily integrate into the corporate world, culture and work environment.
- Hone and shape the skills and talents of students to begin thinking entrepreneurial and making the right career choices.
“SmithTips Club” is an initiative of SmithTips Foundation geared at building and developing the capacity of tertiary students by specializing on impacting recent graduates and undergrads at the tertiary level with the right corporate and vocational skills.
The Foundation was subsequently created, to effectively and efficiently manage the operations of these clubs on the various campuses. We currently have managed to successfully create the Club at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi Technical University (KsTU) and in the process of getting it established on the other campuses (i.e. University of Ghana, University of Cape Coast, Methodist University, etc.).
As part of our strategy in achieving our vision of building the next generation of corporate leaders, we equip students with the right corporate skills (MS Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Soft Skills like Business Communication etc.) that will make them more effective and efficient in their roles but to be able to achieve this, students will need a practical experience of the skills and knowledge acquired in school.
For this reason the Club is seeking for support for its members to be given an opportunity to work in world class corporate setting as interns for one to three months in a department tailored to their programme of study or career development process. These students are coming from various tertiary institutions within the country with varied academic backgrounds. They have gone through the structured programme of SmithTips and we can therefore provide attestation and recommendation for them.
We need the support of both local and international companies to give these students that needed opportunity to put to work what they have learnt so they can gain the necessary experience to help in their career growth. If you are willing to take on any of these Interns, kindly contact us using any of the mediums below:
Tel: +233 260 734 574
Contact form: https://mysmithtips.com/contact-us/
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