Youth unemployment in Ghana has seen a dramatic increase, particularly among women. In order to address high unemployment and inactivity rates among young Ghanaian women, there is a significant need for opportunities to gain education, knowledge, and skills that can lead to their economic advancement.
LACK OF QUALIFIED WORKERS
Meanwhile, the lack of highly qualified seamstresses, tailors, fabric cutters and production processes are inhibiting the development of Ghana’s garment manufacturing industry. In order to meet the requirements from international buyers, the industry needs to increase its level of professionalism and production quality.
NEED FOR SECTOR DEVELOPMENT
The global garment manufacturing industry is growing rapidly and Sub-Saharan Africa in particular is becoming increasingly attractive as a sourcing destination for apparel companies reassessing their supply chain strategies. Additionally, preferential trade agreements, such as the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), allow apparel manufactured in African countries to enter Western markets duty free or with dramatically reduced tariffs.Without further development of the sector, Ghana could lose out on taking advantage of these favourable conditions to more competitive markets in East Africa, particularly Ethiopia and Kenya, where investment into the industry has been prioritised.
high quality VOCATIONAL TRAINING to international standards AND JOB CREATION
Currently, the textile and garment manufacturing industry employs more than 6,000 Ghanaians and exports about $30 million annually. Due to its potential to create massive employment for Ghanaians, supporting the Ghanaian textile and garment manufacturing industry is one of the government’s 10 industrialisation pillars.
Osei Academy's high quality vocational training to international standards, including the development of technical capacity and business skills, can play a key role in providing young Ghanaian women with skills acquisition and empowerment for productive employment. Furthermore, vocational training aimed at addressing local industry needs as well as shortcomings in technical and commercial skills would serve to increase the Ghanaian garment manufacturing industry’s productivity and quality of output.
By strengthening the capacity of the local Ghanaian garment manufacturers and their workforce, Osei Academy's vocational education will help the Ghanaian garment manufacturing industry realise its potential as a driver of economic growth and employment in Ghana.