YEA, GES signs MoU to recruit 10,000 Teaching, Non-teaching staff

Non-teaching staff

The Youth Employment Agency (YEA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ghana Education Service (GES) to recruit 10,000 qualified individuals to serve in various public Secondary, Junior High, and Primary schools across the country.

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The 10,000 personnel to be recruited under the Memorandum of Understanding will serve as kitchen assistants, security guards, and teaching assistants to augment and fill the gaps within the Ghana Education Service (GES).

The Deputy CEO in Charge of Operations, Alhaji Bashiru Ibrahim, giving a shot address on behalf of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of YEA said the current agreement is the third MoU the Agency is signing with the Education Service.

The Deputy CEO mentioned that the Youth Employment Agency, in 2015 and 2018, signed MoUs with the Ghana Education Service (GES) and has had good working relations as far as those agreements are concerned.

According to him, the latest agreement will enable the YEA to recruit 4,000 kitchen assistants, 4,000 security guards, and 2,000 teaching assistants in a bid to beef up the staffing situation in government schools across the country.

“This MoU is for the YEA to assist the GES to run educational services effectively; and in doing so, they need requisite staff, hence the YEA is coming on board to assist the GES in some respective areas by recruiting teaching assistants, kitchen assistants, and security guards for schools,” he said.

To be eligible to be recruited as teaching assistants in the government Senior, Junior, and Primary schools, Alhaji Bashiru Ibrahim noted that qualified persons must have a minimum qualification of a diploma certificate.

Persons with diploma certificates to be recruited as teaching assistants he said will receive a monthly allowance of GH¢1,000, while non-teaching staff thus security guards and kitchen staff will receive a monthly allowance of GH¢500.

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About YEA

The Youth Employment Agency (YEA), a government agency established by law, has been working tirelessly to provide jobs and create employment opportunities for the youth of Ghana.

The YEA’s journey began in 2005 as the National Youth Employment Programme (NYEP), aimed at addressing the growing problem of youth unemployment, which was perceived as a potential threat to national security. Although it was officially inaugurated in October 2006, it lacked legal backing, functioning under the Office of the President.

In 2012, the government rebranded and repositioned the agency as a public service organization, renaming it the Ghana Youth Employment and Entrepreneurial Agency (GYEEDA). However, despite this transition, the agency still lacked the necessary legal backing.

Determined to address this, management, in consultation with stakeholders, presented a draft bill to Parliament, leading to the passage of the Youth Employment Agency Bill (Youth Employment Agency Act 2015, Act 887) in February 2015. The President assented to it in March 2015, providing the agency with the legal backing it needed.

A Legislative Instrument (Youth Employment Agency Regulations 2016, L.I. 2231) was subsequently passed in 2016, gazetted in February 2016, and entered into force in May 2016.

The YEA’s mandate is to oversee the development, coordination, supervision, and facilitation of employment for the youth and related matters in Ghana. Its objective is to create jobs for the youth, while its vision is to become an outstanding public sector agency facilitating and creating sustainable employment opportunities for the youth nationwide.

The agency’s mission is to lead the coordination of employment opportunities and creation of jobs for the youth in Ghana. With its rich history and legal backing, the YEA is poised to make a significant impact in the lives of Ghana’s youth, providing them with the opportunities they need to thrive.

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