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UER: NGO holds digital job fair in Bolgatanga

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Dansyn Innovation Social Organization (Dansyn ISO), an innovation hub based in the Upper East Region, and in partnership with Ghana Tech Lab has organized a digital jobs fair in Bolgatanga with support from MasterCard Foundation Young Africa Works, the World Bank and Ministry of Communications Ghana.

The digital jobs fair seeks to bring employers and job seekers in the Upper East Region to a common platform to deliberate on how to help young people get the desired job or gain the necessary IT and entrepreneural skills to start a business.

Chief Executive Officer of Dansyn ISO, Daniel Y. Nang, said the job fair follows a 6 week training in digital media for 30 young people in the region to equip them with the requisite digital skills to make them employable or start businesses of their own.

Daniel Y. Nang, CEO of Dansyn ISO

He said increasingly, employers want to employ people who have additional IT skills to their professional training because most things are done digitally and without IT skills some youth will miss out in their job search.

The Laboratory and Network Administrator at the Department of ICT at Bolgatanga Technical University (BTU), Richard Azunre, admonished young people to be mindful of how they use their social media handles because according to him, potential employers will usually go to the social media handles of job seekers to know more about them which may affect their chances of landing a job if such social media handles are not used for beneficial purposes.

Richard Azunre, Laboratory and Network Administrator at the Department of ICT at Bolgatanga Technical University

He urged the youth to make use of IT platforms such as google learn and YouTube among others to learn additional skills free of charge to better their lives rather than only using these platforms for fun purposes.

Speaking at the fair, the Regional Director of the Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA) in charge of Upper East and West Regions, Martin Akogti, remarked that all businesses need to have an online presence in order to survive in a highly competitive business world.

Martin Akogti, Director of the Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA) in charge of Upper East and West Regions

Mr. Akogti advised the youth to look around them and they will realise that there are a lot of opportunities which they could exploit and turn them into businesses rather than relying on people and organizations to employ them.

He thanked Dansyn ISO for contributing to a reduction in graduate youth unemployment by the skills training they give to youth to make them employable.

Source: A1Radioonline.com| 101.1MHz| Ghana

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