Unemployment among youngsters in the Akuapem district is high.

2014-08 Hagar IIIIn order to give them and their families a better future, C4H started an apprenticeship programme in 2012. So far 15 girls and 3 boys enrolled in the programme. Four girls and the three boys have graduated. After graduation we assist the students to continue their education or to set up their own business through a micro-credit. The girls all run their own business, as does one of the boys, another has become a teacher and the third has gone to college.

 

First graduates

Samuel Odei explains how C4H changed his life. He has succesfully completed a vocational ICT-training and is now studying to become a cartographer:

 

Learning by doing

Stephen at workplaceIn the rural communities the financial means to receive a vocational training are limited. After primary school, the education of a lot of children stops. Our apprenticeship programme increases their chances of employment and the possibilities to improve their living circumstances. We select talented youngsters and offer them a vocational training in the region. We involve the parents and the community to make sure the student gets enough support to get their degree.

The apprenticeship programme consits of two parts and is completed with an official exam. During the first year students acquire basic knowledge within their field of choice and workshops to improve their general knowledge. Students with the potential to start their own business, get an additional 18 month training. C4H helps the students with the application, arranges an internship and pays for the education. The student and their family are responsible for the costs of living and transport.

In 2014 we started a micro credit programme to help students to buy the necessary tools to practise and enable them to set up their own shop. By finding their own customers, they can pay back the loan.

We believe in a personal approach and take the time to select the youngsters. We assist them during the whole period of the training and keep in touch after graduation. Our goal is that every youngster succeeds in making a better living for themselves and their family. Would you like to sponsor a talented youngster to earn a degree? Please go to donate.

Results

14-04 Certificate graduatesIn 2014 one seamstress, one hairdresser and two IT employees have graduated. C4H helps them with applying for a micro-credit to start their own business. Leticia Afari was one of our first students. In January 2013 she started her hairdressers apprenticeship. This summer she graduated and Emmanuel Nkrumah asked her to assist the girls who want to become a hairdresser. She was very honored and likes the responsibility that is given to her. Her dream is having her own salon. C4H is helping her to apply for a micro credit.

Gloria Siabi has also succesfully finished her training for hairdresser. Richard Akwie completed the vocational ICT-training and wants to go to college. He found a job and helps other youngsters in the programme improve their reading and writing skills. This way he earns money to pay the tuition fee. Mary Dziwornu graduated as seemstress.

Read what some of our students and an instructor say about how the apprenticeship programme influenced their life.