H.E. JOHN DRAMANI MAHAMA LAUNCHES YOUTH IN MARINE ENGINEERING
TECHNICIAN MODULE: Y.E.A. AND R.M.U. COLLABORATION
The Youth Employment Agency (YEA) of the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations in collaboration with the Regional Maritime University (RMU) has recruited two hundred (200) youths from coastal communities in the various regions in Ghana to undertake a Marine Engineering Technician’s Programme. Under the Trades and Vocation Module of YEA the 9-week Marine Engineering Technician Training Programme seeks to equip trainees with skill sets to prepare them for the job market. Successful trainees under the module will acquire internationally accredited certification provided by RMU and be able to work on ships, in industry or set up their own businesses.
The Module was launched on Friday 30th September, 2016, by His Excellency John Dramani Mahama, President of the Republic of Ghana. Before the Launch, the President toured RMU’s state-of-the-art Welder Training Centre built through a collaboration of MODEC and Tullow.
The President used the occasion to thank the Vice Chancellor, Faculty, Staff and Students of the Regional Maritime University for hosting this important programme and said it was a novelty in line with a major manifesto commitment of his Government to revive the National Shipping Line, “The Black Star Line” as a subsidiary of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA).
He said the Youth Employment Programme presented young Ghanaians not only with employment over the period of participation in the programme but it is also expected to equip them with skills that prepares them for the world of work after graduation.
The President noted the competitive advantage the training would give to the youth in terms of opportunities for employment or self-employment, exposure to Precision Welding and Fabrication as required by the Oil and Gas Industry in a state-of-the-art newest American Welding Society Certification Workshop. He further informed the gathering that YEA Marine Engineering Technicians on completion of their training will be assisted with placement on shipping vessels to begin their lives as seafarers, if they wish to explore that line of employment, after acquiring the necessary documentation from the Ghana Maritime Authority. Trainees who do not want a life on the high seas would, however, be provided with start-up tools to set up their own workshops as specialized Mechanical Engineers. He urged them to seize the opportunity given and assured them of a brighter future. He wished them the best of luck and hoped to return before the end of the year to graduate them and present their graduating certificates to them.
The President then challenged the Oil and Gas companies, the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Authorities to support the training of the young people along the coastal communities and villages with vocational skills to provide them with alternative livelihoods to fishing.
In a related development, the President thanked MODEC and Tullow, on behalf of RMU and the Government of Ghana, for their assistance in setting up the American Welding Society Certification Centre to provide training and appropriate certification for the trainees who come through RMU. H.E. John Dramani Mahama assured the Vice Chancellor, Professor Elvis Nyarko of his Government’s commitment and provision with the needed support and infrastructure to make RMU the Centre of Excellence in Maritime Education and Training in the whole of Africa.
In a welcome address, the Vice Chancellor (VC) of RMU, Professor Elvis Nyarko expressed his delight to have the President, His Excellency John Dramani Mahama, visit RMU Campus on this auspicious occasion and welcomed him on behalf of the Board of Governors, Management, staff and students of RMU.
The VC traced the evolution of the school since 1958 to date where the University now runs under-graduate and post-graduate programmes. In addition to these, the VC said, the University continues to run vocational programmes such as Marine Engine Mechanic, Welding and Fabrication, Oil and Gas professional programmes and up-grader professional courses for Deck and Engine Ship Officers as well as Ratings and said that the Youth in Marine Engineering Technicians Module being launched fitted into the Marine Engine Mechanic/Welding and Fabrication Programmes, with an enhancement to include Refrigeration and Entrepreneurship.
The VC then concluded by thanking the Government of Ghana for its support of the University over the years.
In a brief speech, the Ag. Chief Executive Officer of YEA, Mr. Kobina Ebo Beechem, stated that the trainees were selected mainly from the coastal areas and other parts of the Country. He corroborated earlier statements of the President and the VC of RMU that the trainees will undertake appropriate training in Welding, Metal Fabrication, Painting and Refrigeration.
The trainees, who will go through a 9-week programme, were officially inducted into the University by the Provost, Ing. Augustus Addy-Lamptey.
Present at the Ceremony were the Greater Accra Regional Minister - Hon. Nii Laryea Afotey Agbo, Minister for Fisheries and Aquaculture Development - Hon. Sherry Ayittey, Minister of Transport - Hon. Franklin Fiavi Fiifi Kwetey, Chief of Nungua Traditional Council, Municipal Chief Executive for LEKMA - Hon. Badu Tawiah, Metropolitan Chief Executive of Tema - Hon. Isaac Ashai Odamtten, Chairman of Board, Management and Staff of the Youth Employment Agency, Members of the Diplomatic Corps, Friends of the Media, Management, Staff and Students of RMU.
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