Govt urges NaBCo personnel to take advantage of YouStart after programme ends on September 1, 2022
Government has urged personnel of Nation Builder Corps (NaBCo) to take advantage of the YouStart initiative after they exit from the flagship programme, NaBCo on Thursday, September 1, 2022.
According to the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori Atta, the programme which was to run for three years but extended for a year to enable the unemployed graduates earn a living would end on September 1, 2022.
Speaking in parliament during the mid-year budget review on Monday, Mr Ofori-Atta said the government has rolled out various initiatives including YouStart and urged the youth to take advantage of those initiatives after they exit from the NaBCo programme to build an entrepreneurial nation.
“Mr Speaker, our iconic National Builder’s Corps (NABCo) programme, which was initially to run for three years and extended for an additional year, will be completed by 1st September 2022.
As they exit, the current cohort on the programme are encouraged to take advantage of the YouStart initiative and other existing programmes in our drive to build an Entrepreneurial Nation,” he added.
Mr Ofori-Atta explained that the YouStart initiative was a policy set aside to equip youth
with funding and technical support in assisting them to start, build and grow their own businesses.
“YouStart is a government’s policy to support dynamic young entrepreneurs to access training and funds to build their businesses and become a significant pool of job providers for their fellow young people,” he added
The NaBCo Programme was aimed at engaging 100,000 young unemployed graduates to provide them with temporary jobs for three years.
Though the government invested approximately GH¢2.2 billion into the policy, a number of the corps complained about the non-payment of allowances by the government.
The programme was said to have ended in October 2021 though trainees were asked to keep working.
The government had indicated, during the presentation of the 2022 budget, that the YouStart programme and a Digital inclusion programmr would gradually absorb the remaining NaBCo trainees.
NaBCo was introduced by the Akufo-Addo-led administration in 2017 as part of a job creation plan.