These Are The 10 Skills Employers Are Looking For In African Youths

By Andrew Christian

According to the World Bank, youths account for 60 percent of the jobless in Africa. In North Africa, the unemployment rate is at 25 percent, with even larger numbers in countries such as the DRC, Senegal, South Africa, and Nigeria. There are about 200 million people between 15 and 24 in the continent, making it the largest population of young people in the world. In most African countries, youth unemployment occurs at steam twice stronger than that for adults, according to the AfDB, with young women feeling the sting of joblessness more than the male lot.

But African leaders are doing all they can to battle unemployment. In Senegal, 200,000 people join the labour market each year, which is the outcome of the program launched by President Macky Sall in February 2013 to create 30,000 jobs within a year and possibly, 300,000 by 2017. With financing from the African Development Bank, self-employment programs for youth and women are also ongoing in Senegal.

Africa’s unemployment statistics don’t include those in vulnerable employment and those who are underemployed in informal regards. Truth be told, most young Africans land jobs, but not in places that pay them well, help them develop their skills or provide a measure of job security – hence, underemployed. According to the Washington-based think tank Brookings Institution, under-employment isn’t a problem serious enough to warrant greater attention, since it masks the reality in countries that post low unemployment rates. In the DRC, Ghana, Mali, Rwanda, Uganda, Senegal, Mali, Malawi, and Ethiopia, more than 70 percent of the youths are either self-employed or contributing to family work.

The figures can be scary, and governments can be blamed for the situation. But what part do African youths have to play in landing the dream job? Of course, it’s more than just sitting at home and waiting for your president to sign agreements with international employers so you would have a six-figure salary. While there are many untapped opportunities in Africa, the professional social network.

LinkedIn has compiled a list of skills that have the most job-landing potential in 2019. Who better does it than the base of experts itself? Rather than stressing different problems – which as of now looks futile – we need to recognise that tech companies such as Facebook, Google, IBM, Apple, and others are on the lookout for SKILLS. If they weren’t, then they wouldn’t ask job seekers to not bank on their college degrees. Yes, to get a job in most of these companies today, you don’t need to have a degree. You need to have skill.

The guys at LinkedIn discovered that employers nowadays are on the lookout for workers with both soft and hard technical skills, and went on to match them with free LinkedIn Learning courses for potential candidates. So, they have taken it as a point of duty to help out in evening by getting to know the skills that make you a job magnet.

Five Most In-Demand Soft Skills Of 2019

1.Time Management

There’s a popular African cliche which says that time is money and that it waits for no man. Or is it African? Well, one thing’s for sure, employers want to hire people that know how well to manage their time, especially in their job areas. There is a cornucopia of books out there that teach you how to be effective with time. Meanwhile, here are free courses that LinkedIn want you to take.

2. Adaptability

Take it from me, employers don’t want to have to put up with persons who would complain about a new job months after they get hired. All job roles are not the same, and that pretty much tells you that you need to discipline your mind and body to adapt to the dream job situation you find yourself in. Nagging doesn’t help – at least not often. To get into a job environment in one thing; to fit into it is another.

3. Collaboration

It could be a wrong guess, but there is hardly any CV today that doesn’t have a section which says that the candidate is a team player. While this has become rather too monotonous, the moral lesson is that job seekers need to learn how to collaborate. Most employers don’t want you being a lone wolf or solitary worker who doesn’t give a heck what other employees think. In most work environments, it is all about teamwork.

4. Persuasion

This is not some Mother Confessor type of persuasion, neither does it have jack to do with hypnosis. The power of persuasion is truly a skill, one with which you convince who to do what at then and so. There are startups out there who have the best ideas but don’t have the ability to persuade investors to fund those ideas. Not only is this a critical job skill, but a must-have if you are ever going to make people see reasons with you in other life aspects.

5. Creativity

This isn’t meant to scare the barnacles out of you, but, very soon, robots will start doing your job. But in as much as these metal mashups can perform certain tasks better than humans, they cannot be as creative as. Take a look at all the great ideas making money all over the world. Aren’t they all from the stables of creative thinkers? Employers would rather hire creative talent than have to pay someone who would just follow directions.

Five Most In-Demand Hard Skills In 2019

1. UX Design

With websites launching from every nook and cranny, people are going to need UX designers to help create quality, spellbinding content that will put smiles on their customers’ faces. User Experience is not cakewalk nowadays, but thanks to the establishment of tech hubs and computer centres, these skills can be learned for free.

2. People Management

There are different kinds of people in this world, and when dealing with customers, employers would rather have a people person by their side. Why else did Bobby Axelrod hire a shrink for his stock trading company? By the way, that’s from the movie series Billions. People, when managed effectively, turn not just customers, but assets to a company. That’s why companies need people managers.

3. Analytical Reasoning

Analytical reasoning refers to the ability to look at information, be it qualitative or quantitative in nature, and discern patterns within the information. It involves deductive reasoning with no specialised knowledge, such as: comprehending the basic structure of a set of relationships; recognizing logically equivalent statements; and inferring what could be true or must be true from given facts and rules.

4. Artificial Intelligence

Need we say much? AI is unsurprisingly the number two on this list. If you have a knack for advanced science and skills to match your drive, then you are the hot cake companies are jousting in the arena for. Take a look at 27-year-old Silas Adekunle from Nigeria who is using his knowledge in robotics to land deals with Amazon and Apple, while selling his products MekaMon in Europe, Asia, Canada, and the UAE.

5. Cloud Computing

The most in-demand skill of 2019, cloud computing is the practice of using a network of remote servers hosted on the Internet to store, manage, and process data, rather than a local server or a personal computer. Knowledge of the way this works will most likely snag you a six-figure dollar monthly salary.

Source weetracker

Ghanaian youth are broke because they fool a lot – Shatta Wale

Ghana’s Dancehall King, Shatta Wale has observed that the youth in Ghana today fool to much and that is why they cannot hustle to make money and acquire property for themselves or make a decent living, reports.

Ghana’s unemployment rate continues to soar as several people complete tertiary institutions and wait on government to employ them rather than initiate their own jobs.

Some have completed universities for over ten years and have remained unemployed ever since because they are waiting for some white collar job from the government or private individuals.

But commenting on this issue, Shatta Wale noted that most of the youth cannot make money because they ‘fool too much’.

He said “My next videos are going to be wack to some illiterates in Ghana alone but Africa and the World will Applaud me ,my fans and my team for putting up such a hard work .. Dont be a Fool !!!! Too much fooling in Ghana are not making the youths of today know how to hustle for money”.

Source GhanaWeb

Year of Return Ghana to attract 500,000 Diasporan Africans

According to the Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA), out of the number, 350,000 participants would come from North America, while the rest would come from the Caribbean, South America and Europe.

The event would come with enormous business opportunities that would boost the economic fortunes of the country, the Chief Executive Officer of the GTA, Mr Akwasi Agyeman, said at the press conference to launch the campaign in Accra yesterday.

He, therefore, urged stakeholders in the tourism industry, such as the Ghana Hotels Association, the Tour Guides Association, the Tour Operators Union of Ghana and airline operators, to position themselves strategically to tap into the opportunities.

“The Year of Return Ghana 2019” is a global homecoming event aimed at attracting the biggest number of Africans in the Diaspora to Ghana this year.

The calendar of events include a Black History Month in February, Ghana’s Independence Day celebration in March, Heritage Paragliding Festival in April, Ghana-Jamaica Homecoming Festival between April and May, the Pan-African Festival of Arts and Culture (PANAFEST) from July to August and Emancipation Day in August.

The campaign was launched by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo at America’s National Press Club in Washington, DC, in September 2018.

Showcasing Ghana

To make the best of the opportunity, Mr Agyeman said, the authority was collaborating with the various stakeholders in the tourism industry to reposition themselves to offer professional services that would enable the visitors to relish their stay in the country.

To ensure aggressive marketing of the event, he said, the GTA was holding a series of stakeholders’ meetings to sell the idea to the international community and Ghanaians at home and abroad.

The event would focus not so much on the negative aspects of the slave trade, he said, adding that the initiative would showcase the best part of Ghana’s cultural heritage, tourist attractions and hospitality.

The tourism bonanza is expected to build on the legacy of other Pan-African projects, such as the Joseph Project, Emancipation Day and PANAFEST.

“We believe the event will present us with an opportunity to attract more people who will come and invest and employ Ghanaians,” he said.

Making Ghana attractive for youth

The Director of Diaspora Affairs at the Office of the President, Mr Akwasi Awua Ababio, who also addressed the conference, said as Ghana continued to be the headquarters for the fight for African liberation and the symbol of hope for African emancipation, it continued to seek deeper socio-cultural, economic and political inclusion for “our kith and kin from the Diaspora”.

“As we mark the Year of Return to bring our Diasporan community home, the government is also committed to improving upon our economy and discouraging irregular migration by making sure that young men and women could achieve their dreams here in Ghana,” he said.

Showcase best part of Ghana

Ghana’s Ambassador to the United States (US), Dr Barfuor Adjei-Barwuah, said the Ghana Embassy in the USA was making every effort to attract African-Americans to the country, not only to come and spend but also enjoy the hospitality here.

He expressed the hope that Ghanaians would grab the opportunity to display how loving and hospitable they were to those who would arrive in the country in 2019 and beyond.

“We have to take this opportunity to showcase the country and the kind of loving and welcoming people we are to encourage people to come and do respectable investments,” he added.


Ghana: Youth trained in business development and professional skills

By Gideon D. Ebbah

PeapHR Ltd, a personality and business development centred organisation, has trained some youth in Kumasi to empower them with business and professional development skills required to guard them to start their own businesses.

Mr Mark Anim Sasu, the Programmes Coordinator, at the opening of the workshop, said it was to equip and motivate the youth to start and operate their own businesses.

It was also to expose them to strategies needed to avoid losses in their investments and provide them the necessary professional skills to enhance the growth, profitability and sustainability of their businesses.

Mr Sasu said often the youth were mostly willing to come up with their own initiatives but faced challenges such as infrastructure and professionalism to succeed, and the ability to adopt and adapt to modern business operations and competitive business environments.

He said the focus of PeapHR was to help coach the youth in personality and business development and urged them to learn the basic techniques to empower them to thrive in both the local and global business world.

Mr Louis Lamis, the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of the Liezer-Legacy Productions – producers of the ‘Kejetia vs Makola’ TV programme, said Africa could thrive in business only when its youth were empowered to take up the development of their own businesses under good guidance and coaching.

He urged the youth to be persistent and consistent in pursuing their dreams and careers in business development.

“You should not be afraid of failure, but rather seek constant advice in order to attain success and sustainability of your businesses,’’ Mr Lamis said.

Mrs Francisca Ampratwum, the Founder and CEO of Perfect Health Ghana, urged the youth to be self-resilient and undertake projects that would bring income to enable them to cater for themselves and their families.

‘‘Every business exists to make profit, but there is one thing setting up a business and another making money out of it, thus the cash flows. Everyone has something to offer; let’s take up the mantle and help make Ghana a better place,’’ she said.

Source GNA


The District Chief Executive (DCE) for Berekum West, Mr. Isaac Osei has urged the youth to take advantage of vegetable farming especially tomatoes, to better their lives instead of travelling to the cities for non-existing white color jobs.

Addressing a farmers’ durbar at Fetentaa organized by the Vegetable Growers Association in the district, he encouraged the farmers and the youth to step up their farming activities from subsistence to the business level in order to earn more from their sweat.

In a response to an appeal, the DCE assured them of the assembly’s readiness to help them establish a tomato market center to create ready market for them and also to aid the assembly in its revenue mobilisation.

To drive home his commitment to support the farmers, he announced that the grading of farm roads in the area is to start, to ensure easy access to their farms and again make it easier to transport their produce to avoid them being locked up on the farms to rot, a situation he described as unfair to the hardworking farmers.

Earlier, the chairman for the association, Mr. Kwame Bamfo Kesse said the durbar is a means to interact with farmers and stakeholders on how to address various challenges facing them.

He cited low financial support, unavailability of ready markets for their produce and the difficulty in acquiring land for farming as some of the major challenges facing vegetable, especially tomato farmers in the area.

Adehye Panin of Fetentaa, Nana Effah Amankwaa appealed to the government to establish a market center for their produce.

He noted that the traditional council of Fetentaa had release two-acres for the market and appealed to the Assembly to support them clear and develop the area.

Nana Effah Amankwaa noted that the construction of the market would go a long way to support the farmers to pay off their loans.

“With a ready market we can determine prices of our produce and this would make the business lucrative” he stated.


Tottenham Hotspur youth coach Cherno Samba set to visit Ghana to scout for talents

Tottenham Hotspur youth team coach Cherno Samba will be in Ghana next month for a scouting programme.

The U18 and U23 coach is expected in town on 1 February to tour the country for talents.

Samba, Gambian-born, is scheduled to watch a match between Aflao Future Stars and Dodze Heritage Stare on 3 February.

Also, he will watch the big clash between Agbozume Weavers and Dzodze Saints FC the same day.

His visit is being facilitated by Patrick Amazing Doamekpor who is president of Dzodze Saints FC.

Source Ghana Soccer Net

West Africa News: WAPCo supports 73 youths with start up tools

The Management of the West African Gas Pipeline Company Project (WAPCo ), has handed over start up tools to 73 beneficiaries under its Community Youth Enterprise Scheme (CYES).

The tools, which included hairdryers, Gas stoves and cylinders, ice chest, fashion and design machines all worth GHC200,000.00 were handed over to the beneficiaries at Aboadze in the Shama District of the Western Region.

The beneficiaries who were trained in Hairdressing, Fashion and Design, Woodwork, Joinery and Carpentry, Catering and Hotel Management, Welding and Fabrication, Building and Construction Technology, Auto Mechanic Engineering and Electrical Engineering, used two to three years duration, depending on the course.

Mrs Harriet Wereko-Brobbey, General Manager in charge of Corporate Affairs of WAPCo, presenting the items said as part of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility, it commenced the implementation of a livelihood programme in 2012.

She said the programme comprised of scholarship scheme and a Community Youth Enterprise Scheme, which was designed to provide opportunity for unemployed youth in WAPCo host communities to undergo skills acquisition and vocational training in accredited vocational technical institutions across Ghana, Benin, Togo and Nigeria.

Mrs Wereko-Brobbey said in the past five years, a total of 266 youth have received support under WAPCo Corporate Social Responsibility projects, out of which 108 are beneficiaries of CYES, and 73 have graduated with various skills.

She said out of the 108 CYES beneficiaries 55 of them were from Aboadze area with the rest from Tema Manhean and Kpone.

Mrs Wereko-Brobbey said WAPCo has so far spent about 2.5million cedis in the livelihood programme in Ghana, noting that the amount did not include the cost of the start up tools.
She said as part of efforts to ensure that the graduands managed their businesses in a sustainable manner; the company would engage the services of professionals to take them through some training in principles of business management.

Under the company’s scholarship scheme, she explained that it supported brilliant but needy students to obtain secondary education, but that following the introduction of the free senior high School policy, WAPCo had reviewed its scholarship scheme, which now supported brilliant but needy students to pursue education at the tertiary level.

Mrs Wereko-Brobbey said the company was currently supporting 36 Students at the university with 600.00 Dollars each for each academic year.

The General Manager congratulated the beneficiaries for availing themselves for the skills training and urged them to make judicious use of the start up tools, so as to improve upon their living conditions.

The Deputy Western Regional Minister, Mrs Gifty Eugenia Kusi, commended WAPCo for the bold initiative, which she noted would serve as life changing measure for many of the beneficiaries.

She pointed out that if all companies in the country were living up to their CSR projects, it would have helped to eliminate poverty in many communities and also create jobs for the teaming youth.

Mrs Kusi in this regard tasked giant companies operating in Ghana to perform their corporate social responsibility projects to their host communities to eliminate poverty.
She advised WAPCo to put in place an Employment Working Committee to comprise chiefs, opinion leaders and the District Assembly.

This committee, she noted, would enable them to effectively implement the local content policy.

She urged the beneficiaries to take the skills they have acquired seriously and try to build on what they have been taught by taking up courses at the tertiary level.

Nana Kobina Attom II, Chief of Aboadze, also lauded the efforts of WAPCo, stressing that the programme was a milestone in the history of Aboadze Traditional Area.

He suggested that WAPCo should employ some of the beneficiaries with the requisite skills, noting that there was no one from the Aboadze area working with WAPCo.

He urged the beneficiaries not to sell the start up tools they have been provided with, and hinted that a monitoring team would be put in place and anyone caught diverting the items would be made to face the law.

Mrs Francisca Kain, the District Girl Child Education Coordinator, described the programme as an economic empowerment initiative, and urged the beneficiaries to use the skills they have acquired to position themselves as role models for others to emulate.

She said the initiative would be meaningless if the beneficiaries did not use the items properly.

Mr Percy Ahenakwah, Presiding Member of the Shama District, pledged that the Assembly would give the beneficiaries the needed support to ensure the sustainability of the programme and urged them to take very good care of the items.

Source: All Ghana News

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Ghana: Regional Minister to compete MP seat again, says Tema East Youth

A large number of youths from the Tema East Constituency in response to the uprising dissatisfaction of leadership from the current Member of Parliament of the area Hon. Daniel Nii Kwartei Titus-Glover has made declarations of the return of the Regional Minister.

The Regional Minister in the person of Hon. Ishmael Ashitey who currently occupies the Greater-Accra regional seat in the parliament of Ghana served as Member of Parliament for Tema East from 1996 to 2008, and between that period, he was first appointed as Minister of State for Fisheries from 2001 to 2003 by former President John Agyekum Kufuor.

In recent past, the Tema East MP who doubled as Deputy Minister for Transport Daniel Nii-Kwartei Titus Glover, and new entrant Carlos Kingsley Ahinkorah, also Deputy Minister for Trade deliberately used their political clout to foil evacuation exercises, passed by the general assembly with impunity.

Reports suggest that, not only did Mr. Titus-Glover resisted such an exercise to be carried out at the Community 1 market “Kwasia dwaso” after the approval of General Assembly, the highest decision making body of the assembly, but also abused the Metropolitan Chief Executive verbally, before the traders and the Restoration Works Crew of the Assembly.

According to the youth, there has been no infrastructural project since Titus-Glover occupied his seat. He has been good at disrespecting authorities and the opposition as well as promoting disunity among his own NPP members.

Sources within the constituency hinted that, the decision of calling back the 63 years old Hon. Ishmeal Ashitey was because of the great leadership skills he showed in his term of office.

Reports reaching Tema Politics can confirm the interest of the regional minister in coming back for his seat though we are yet to hear from the horse’s own mouth.

Source: Modern Ghana

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