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Youth Skills Development

This pillar focuses on providing the participants with training to shift their mindset to become entrepreneurs and be empowered enough to lead their communities and businesses. It also provides entrepreneurship training to all those with technical skills, those about to learn a technical skill and those who want to transition into starting their own businesses. This is achieved through the following:

Component 1.1. The Apprenticeship to Entrepreneurship (A2E)
75,000 unskilled youth, women, and graduate apprentices are provided with hands-on practical training by Skilled Craft Persons (SCPs). Qualifying participants are then supported with start-up kits, coaching, and mentorship guide through challenges, and other Business Development Services (BDS) and essentials to empower them to take the leap into launching their own businesses. It aims at creating 45,000 jobs, predominantly for young women and PWDs. Graduate apprentices can choose entrepreneurship with startup support or employment with job platform connections or incentivizing SCPs to hire them.

Component 1.2. Agric and Agribusiness to Entrepreneurship (AA2E).
Through mentoring and coaching, participants are paired with seasoned entrepreneurs and Skilled Craft Persons nationwide, to guide them toward a successful business initiation or expansion. 125,000 youth will be trained in Agri and Agribusiness, create 80,000 of which, 70% will be young women and 10% PWDs. Identified Farm Institutions and Agric Colleges will serve as a conduit to mobilize youth entrepreneurs and be providers of Competency Based Training (CBT) to unemployed graduates and to enhance the acquisition of specific skills in agribusiness. The intervention will also upgrade facilities as training centers and set up demonstration farms for practical training.

Component 1.3. MSME Business Acceleration (MBA)
The MBA Component expedites the growth and productivity of MSMEs in Ghana. Particularly focusing on women-owned and led enterprises, this is to benefit at least 50,000 MSMEs with strong emphasis on women and PWDs. While collaborating with existing GEA Networks, the initiative will serve both existing and new MSMEs and create linkages to affordable finance, business information, and resources through GEAs BRCs and BACs to improve productivity and quality. It integrates scaling up Kaizen and introducing "Smart and Sustainable Agri-Business (SSAB)" to enhance enterprises' performance in productivity, energy efficiency, environmental sustainability, and food security/compliance.
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