Here, you will find answers to the most pressing questions about the Ghana Jobs & Skills Project. Please contact us for further information if need be.
About the Application Process
Who can apply for the entrepreneurship training under the Ghana Jobs and Skills Project?
Any Ghanaian youth between the ages of 18 – 40 years with a minimum education of BECE Certification, a valid Ghanaian Identification Card (ID) and who wants to start a business can register for the entrepreneurship training.
Can I apply if I have no educational certification or did not complete BECE?
Yes. However, you can only apply if you have already started a business in Ghana but do not have any educational certification.
Can I apply if I have additional skills training after completing BECE?
Yes, youth with skills training but yet to start a business are encouraged to apply for the training.
What do I need to apply for the training?
You will need a valid Ghanaian Identity (ID) Card, preferably the Ghana Card to apply for training under the Project.
Do I need to provide a proof of my educational level?
Yes, you would need to upload a picture of your certificate or results slip as evidence of your educational attainment.
Do I need a valid TIN to apply?
Persons with existing businesses would be required to provide a TIN during the application process.
Do I require a Business Plan to apply for the training?
No, you do not require a Business Plan to apply. If you have an existing one, it will be refined during the program.
Will all applicants be selected for the training?
No, only shortlisted applicants would be contacted to participate in the training.
How can I register for the Project?
To register, please visit # or any of GEA's 206 Business Advisory Centers or 37 Business Resource Centers (BRC) across the country.
About the Entrepreneurship Training
Where will the trainings be held?
The trainings will be held at the district level. Successful applicants would be provided with information on the venues for the training.
How long will the training last?
The training will be implemented at 3 levels based on your graduation process as follows: Basic Training for 5 Days, Intermediate Training for 10 Days and Advanced Training for 15 Days.
Will I be given a certificate after completing each level?
Yes, each participant will be given a certificate of completion.
How will I progress from one level to another?
Progress will be based on a participant’s performance during the training.
When will I be eligible for Coaching and Mentoring Support?
Beneficiaries who reach the advanced level would be eligible for coaching and mentoring support to finetune their business ideas and receive needed support and advice.
About the Competitive Startup Grants
Will I be eligible for grant support after the entrepreneurship training?
Not everyone is eligible for grant support.
Will I be automatically given the grant support when I apply?
No, beneficiaries would be assessed by the Grants Management Team before they would be provided with grants support.
What can the grant support be used for?
The start-up grants will be provided for the following: • Purchase of machinery and equipment, or technology (software, process technology, etc.) • Start-up business investments targeted at productivity and growth such as marketing and sales, innovation efforts, or operational efficiency • Working capital, such as purchase of raw materials and consumables, and payment of salaries, rents, and other accounts payables • Payment for technical advisory services, training, and subscriptions to platforms • Payment for regulatory compliance, e.g., RGD, FDA registration and license, GSA certification, etc. • Start-ups seeking to provide essential goods that helps to mitigate against the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic or any other disease that may pose a threat to the nation
Would applicants be made to repay the Grant at some future time?
Grants are non-repayable. Grant beneficiaries would therefore not be required to repay their grants.
Will the use of the Grant be monitored?
Yes. The Grants Manager and his team will review or check all expenditures related to the grants paid to each beneficiary to ensure conformity with the Grants Agreement.
How many selected youths would benefit from the Competitive Startup Grants?
Grant will be competitively awarded, meaning it will be given to the best applicants using a set of pre-determined assessment criteria jointly established by a local team of experts and a team from the World Bank Group. Beneficiaries of the Competitive Startup Grants will therefore be limited to 5,000 youths.
What are the assurances for transparency in the assessment of Grant applicants and subsequent award?
The GEA is committed to assessing grant applicants transparently and ensuring that only the best applicants receive the competitive startup grants.
A key step to ensuring transparency is the limit of human interferences in both the grants application and assessment processes.