To support job creation and the growth of local businesses, SNV Netherlands
Development Organisation under its European Union in Ghana-funded, GrEEn
Project, has organised the second of its Green Regional Job Fair in the Ashanti
Region in partnership with the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations,
Ministry of Local Government, Decentralisation and Rural Development, Association of Ghana Industries (AGI), Labour Department and the Ghana Chamber of Young Entrepreneurs.
Held on Tuesday, 15 November 2022 at the Prempeh Assembly Hall in
Kumasi, the Green Regional Job Fair is under the theme, “Green and Circular Economy: A sure way to creating decent & sustainable employment and jobs’’ and brought together over 500 job seekers, employers, and exhibitors from the green and circular economy.
Present at the event were the Ashanti regional Minister Hon Simon Osei Mensah, Nana Ampofo Kyei Baffour- Chief of Asem, Regional Chairman for AGI among others.
Over 46 businesses were present with more than 120 vacancies and openings being offered to qualified job seekers.
Prior to the 2022 Green Regional Job Fair, SNV Ghana organised a CV Review Clinic in collaboration with the Ashanti Regional Labour Department, AGI and the Ghana Chamber of Young Entrepreneurs to edit the CVs of job seekers and prepare them for the job openings at the fair as well as educate and sensitise job seekers on Ghana’s labour laws.
The Green Job Fairs aim at supporting the creation of green jobs and matching job seekers to available, sustainable jobs in the GrEEn Project’s two regions of implementation: the Ashanti and Western Regions.
Other partners of the Green Regional Job Fair include Kumasi Hive, Women’s Africa, and the Ministry of Communication and Digitalisation.
Since 2020, SNV has organised 10 job fairs at the district (8) and regional (2) level in partnership with local assemblies with the aim of providing CV support, career guidance and counselling as well as connecting job seekers to green employers.
At the district level, SNV partnered with Municipal and District Assemblies in the
Ashanti Region (Adansi South, Ejura-Sekyedumase, Offinso and Sekyere Kumawu) and Western Region (Ahanta West, Wassa Amenfi, Nzema East and the Jomoro Municipality), reaching hundreds of job seekers at the district level.
In November 2021, SNV partnered the Youth Employment Agency (YEA) to host a maiden regional-level Green Job Fair with over 500 participants benefitting from the fair.
On 22nd November 2022, the Green Regional Job Fair will be organised in the Western Region at the Takoradi Mall Forecourt.
SNV Ghana and the European Union through the GrEEn Project, aside supporting job creation and skills development also promote growth of local businesses and SMEs that are green in their operations by making use of waste materials or not engaging in activities that adversely affect the environment. Under the GrEEn Incubation and Acceleration Programmes, over 100 SMEs have received 6months free business advisory services to help them finetune their business models and access financial investment so they can grow.
Businesses with innovative ideas also receive matching grants so they can scale up and create jobs at the local level. In 2021, under the GrEEn Innovation Challenge, 12 businesses received a totalling matching grant of GHS 1.17 million. In September 2022, 51 green businesses received matching grants totalling GHS 1.5 million under the second GrEEn Innovation Challenge.
SNV Netherlands Development Organisation is a not-for-profit international development organisation that makes a lasting difference in the lives of people living in poverty by helping them raise incomes and access basic services. SNV specialises in three sectors: agriculture, renewable energy and Water and we are present in over 25 countries. SNV has been working in Ghana since 1992.
About GrEEn Project
The Boosting Green Employment and Enterprise Opportunities in Ghana (GrEEn) project is a four-year action from the European Union, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, SNV Netherlands Development Organisation and the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF).
The project aims at creating greater economic and employment opportunities for youth, women and returning migrants by promoting and supporting sustainable, green businesses and providing employable skills training to youth job seekers in two selected regions in Ghana: Ashanti and Western in partnership with the Ministry of Local Government, Decentralisation and Rural Development.
GrEEn is implemented under the European Union Emergency Trust Fund (EUTF) for Africa with a total contribution of EUR 20,600,000.