Unemployed graduates should consider carpentry or mason work for survival – Professor Emeritus Stephen Adei

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Professor Emeritus Stephen Adei has urged graduates who are out of work to take charge of their own education by taking up an apprenticeship to acquire a new trade.”

In his opinion, this will assist the graduates to establish themselves while at the same time offering work chances for others to take advantage of.

Professor Adei said on the July 24 episode of the Springboard Virtual University program with Albert Ocran that higher education merely helps to develop an individual’s intellectual potential. He made this statement on the show.

He said that those who have had an education would prosper in the craft industry because they will be able to put their expanded brain to work.

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An ex-GIMPA dean spoke about how one of his former students is now employing 17 people after he helped him get into the business of making handicrafts and going to college.

“Some of them must be willing to reskill. When you finish Legon excuse me to say with political science…I don’t say [it is not important]. For me, all the degrees build your mind intellectually.

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“But how many people have advertised and said I want a political scientist to employ. No, but your mental capacity has been enhanced. If you want to go and learn apprenticeship, I tell you within a year you are a master craft man in an area and you are the type who will be able to employ other people.

“I got a young man in upholstery. Fortunately, he was doing it by the roadside. I encouraged him to go to university, finish and do other things. Today he came to my house, he is employing 17 people doing chairs.

“But you having finished History, you will go and be their apprentice for two years and you have the capacity of setting up your joinery and you will employ other people. Very soon you will not be the one hitting the nails. So, the reskilling is important for you to do,” Professor Adei emphasized.

There has been a growing unemployment rate in the country, especially since the advent of the pandemic.

At present, the government intends to roll out the YouStart initiative to provide support for small start-ups.

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