The digital job fair aims at complementing government’s effort at addressing the graduate unemployment problem in the country. This follows a six (6) week training program in digital media organized by Dansyn ISO in partnership with Ghana Tech Lab and supported by the MasterCard Foundation Young Africa Works, the World Bank and the Ministry of Communications.
About 30 young people were trained in digital media. Some went into business incubation at Dansyn ISO while others went into internship placement after the training period.
The Bolgatanga Digital Jobs Fair brought together employers and job seekers with the aim of providing the needed platform for some of the youth to find jobs, network and build relations with others for business collaboration.
Among some of the think-thanks organizations that attended the programme included the Bolgatanga Technical University (BTU), Munet Global Network, Ghana Export Promotion Authority, ABSA Bank among others.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Dansyn ISO, Mr. Daniel Nang, explained that his outfit decided to bring the employers and job seekers together so as to help connect job seekers and job givers for possible employment opportunities.
He indicated that while many of the beneficiaries have gained employment, others are also in incubation with his outfit, stressing “all this is to enable the youth gain employment and also employ others.”
Speaking to ModernGhana News at the digital job fair in Bolgatanga, the Regional Director of the Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA) in charge of the Upper East and West, Martin Akogti said, digital skills play a crucial role in linking prospective employees to potential employers.
He noted that the digital Job fair was timely.
Mr Akogti observed that the rising youth unemployment situation in the Upper East Region and the entire country Ghana is due to job immobility and the digital skills gaps.
For his part, the Laboratory and Network Administrator at the Department of ICT at the Bolgatanga Technical University (BTU) Richard Azunre cautioned the participants to be very mindful of the way and manner they use social media.
He indicated that most employers use social media as a window of employing job seekers.
“Most job seekers don’t get employment because of the way and manner they conduct themselves through the use of social media. The attitudes and behaviours of many people are reflected in the way they chat with friends and others on social media and their dress codes also counts,” he warned.
He stated that BTU intend run short courses in Computer, Ethnical Hacking, Forensic Investigation for local professionals in ICT as well as established Cyber clubs in Junior and Senior High Schools to begin teaching of young graduates in Cyber Security and Forensic.
The Head of Project at Munet Global Network Abdul-Rahman Shuiabu commented that, the programme was full of opportunities for young people to learn from.
He added that there are direct opportunities such as podcast agents, a direct access person developing applications or software or any programme that will carve out a programme in the society.