The STCCI Job Fair in Sekondi Takoradi, Ghana, the premier event in the world of employment, career services and continuing training in Western Region of Ghana was flagged off with over six hundred and forty graduate job seekers in attendance. The job fair was organized in collaboration with Amalitech Ghana limited, GIZ Ghana (Center for jobs, Migration and Reintegration) GIZ Germany (Project for the Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities) Access Bank Ghana Limited, The Global Trade Consult and Republic Bank Ghana.

The first Job Fair presentation was from Amalitech Ghana and GIZ Germany as partners handling this project. The first which was presented by Mr. Matthew Darkwa, the Operations Manager of Amalitech Ghana was basically about who they are and their plan for recruitment.  The second was presented by Dr. Stephanie Gregorius from GIZ Germany and was focused on equal opportunities as they strive to achieve gender balance in Ameritech’s recruitment as well as a recruitment quota for persons with disabilities. The presentation by Dr. Gregorius was based on measures for disseminating information about employment opportunities within Amalitech Ghana Limited to people with disability and the need for disability friendly public buildings and other facilities. The aim of these partners is to impact lives.

Ms. Ernestina Adu, a career coach from GIZ Ghana took over with a presentation on Programme Migration for Development (PMD). Access Bank Ghana Limited representative Ms. Francisca Yeboah stressed on Access Bank readiness to partner with Amalitech Ghana & Sekondi Takoradi Chamber of Commerce on the Job Fair in the Western Region of Ghana so to impact lives.

Amalitech Ghana Limited is an IT Service Company that is establishing an IT Service Centre to promote IT supports services to Companies in Europe and America. It plans to open six (6) service centers in Ghana to run its business starting with its first operational offices in Takoradi and employing a little over three hundred (300) and will double the number of its employees by September 2020. The Company again projects to employ up to six thousand five hundred (6,500) people in Ghana by 2024.

 With core values in Excellence, Passion, Diversity, Collaboration and Integrity, Amalitech is concerned with gender balance and equal opportunities hence seeks to include equal numbers of women and men, and a representative number of persons with disabilities.

Ghanaian-German Center for jobs, Migration and Reintegration’s ‘Programme Migration for Development’ (PMD) is about Services and Programmes to help provide support and advice to employees. These are in the form of return and reintegration support such as; job search assistance, skills training for returning migrants, business start-up for returning migrants, health, education and temporary accommodation and facilitating psychosocial support. It also entails migration advice, outreach/ sensitization/ media engagement on migration conference, sensitization, conflict resolution and community interventions, gender responsive activities and others. not forgetting capacity building, employment promotion, Diaspora engagement, having long term experts, offering business ideas for development and more. Partners involved are International Labor Organization (ILO), Life for liberty Founder, Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations (MELR), Sparkas senstiftung, International Organization for Migration (IOM), African Development Organization for Migration (AFDOM) and GIZ Programme Sustainable Economic Development (PSED).

The Chief Executive Officer of STCCI, Mr. Vincent Annan in his opening address recounted the vital role the Chamber plays to member-firms of the Chamber citing the need the Chamber found to negotiate to get the Ghana Institute of Management & Public Administration (GIMPA) to establish a branch of its Business School in Takoradi so stop the phenomenon of employees of companies resigning and relocating to Accra and Kumasi because of the absence of a University in the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolis and the Western Region, which was hampering their quest to further their education whilst they work. And followed with the fact that it is in the same vain that the Chamber is championing an event that will help an organization identify individuals with the skill sets it required to employ and as well helping job-seekers with opportunities for being well informed on job opportunities as that being presented by Amalitech Ghana Limited. He added that STCCI would always strive to seek for decent jobs and sustainable for the youth in the Western Region.

The 2nd edition of the STCCI JOB FAIR will take place in October 2019 in Takoradi. More than 50 exhibitors are expected in October 2019: STCCI calls on all organizations both within the Public and the Private Sectors to participate in the fair. The Chamber is keeping database of the profiles and CV’s of registered candidates and will make them available to member-firms for potential employments.

The STCCI Job Fair is an event produced, developed and organized by Sekondi Takoradi Chamber of Commerce & Industry (STCCI).