The Civil Society and Institutional Foundation (CSIF) in partnership with the Upper East Executives of the National Service Personnel Association (NASPA) has organised a one-day employability training programme in Bolgatanga for 150 unemployed graduates and final year tertiary students.

The workshop held at Catholic Social Centre focused  on the areas of writing Curriculum vitae (CV) and interviewing skills.

The training under a one year project dubbed "Students Leaders for Change" which is being implemented in the Upper East, Northern and Upper West Regions in the month of July 2021 comes with sponsorship from CISU and AfriCAN.

Addressing the participants, the Project Coordinator for Civil Society and Institutional Foundation, Nadia Ali Bandaago said she has discovered that most graduates lack the basic skills in developing a marketable CV as well as tips to go through a successful job interview.

She intimated that the project hopes to build the competencies of unemployed graduates to be self employed.

Nadia Ali Bandaago who is a Mechanical Engineer by training and a Social Worker by practice encouraged the youth to move out of their comfort zone and to explore the real world to identify opportunities that can be exploited.

For her part, Madam Florence Laardi, who is Co-facilitator for the session,  encouraged students to build and maintain networks and contacts that will lead them to opportunities, information and eventually finding a job.

She encouraged job seekers to research about the potential employers to find the job descriptions in order to prepare their CV and have responses handy for interview questions.

Reacting to the lack of job experience amongst fresh graduates, Madam Laardi, a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Marketing, Bolgatanga Technical University, BTU, encouraged graduates to volunteer their services in organizations that they hope to be engaged in and to acquit themselves creditably in order to be considered when a window of opportunity opens up.