ZONGO ICT GRADUATE: THE NEXT LEVEL

Often, people from less privileged backgrounds are overlooked when it comes to training events, workshops and summits. For this reason, we at the German-IBT partnered with the Ministry of Inner City and Zongo Development (MICZD), Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, GetINNOtized and GIMPA to prepare a one-of-a-kind training workshop for Ghana’s Zongo Youth. Hence, the event attracted a diversified group of participants, from all over the country. Our duty was to provide them, within two days, relevant skill development to aid in job placement. We held these sessions at GIMPA from Jan 15 – Jan 16, 2020.

Pictured is Chief Operations Officer (COO) & Head of Learning of the German-IBT, Mr. Benjamin Schunke

 

The workshop was delivered via presentations and simulation/ role-playing sessions.

We got things rolling with a self-assessment session. Participants took a moment to identify their values and skills, in line with their ambitions. Following this, they were each tasked to develop and present a self-pitch. It was admirable the feedback we had during this session, as trainees were eager to prove themselves.

From there, we aided them in reviewing their current resumes. By going through some basic checklists and other fun tips, we successfully helped participants optimize their CVs so that they are relevant to their job searches.
Furthermore, we touched on a few mailing etiquette and good file naming conventions.

Some enthusiastic participants at the event

Pictured is Mr. Gideon Sackey, senior associate of the GIBT, facilitating a training session.

Pictured are Ms. Adea Blay, test engineer at getINNOtized and Hon. Muastapha Abdul-Hamid

A participant doing a presentation during a session

 

Moving on, facilitators elaborated on strategic job finding techniques. With a focus on interviews, we demonstrated how to properly present one’s self, while providing other crucial tips alongside. 

On both days, we included a period of simulation, where participants were tasked to act out certain roles related to the job market. The idea was to adequately equip them to handle real-life situations that could occur during job pursuits, or while running a business. This proved to be fun and largely informative as well. 

The key highlight of the program was the attendance of our special guest, the Minister of Inner City and Zongo Development, Hon. Mustapha Abdul-Hamid. We were honoured by his presence as he spent the full day engaging in the training sessions. Hon. Hamid personally interacted with participants and facilitators, offering motivation and advice. He prompted attendees to take seriously everything they had learned while encouraging them to exude confidence and to believe that Zongo people can equally make it out there. He also took a moment to share some political insights with the audience.

Pictured is Hon. Mustapha Abdul-Hamid, Minister of Inner City and Zongo Development giving a speech

Some members of the GIBT team who were in attendance.

Hon. Mustapha Abdul-Hamid sharing some insights on politics in relation to the workshop

 

Another merit from the event was an agreement between the Ministry, the German-IBT and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation for a follow-up workshop. It aims at deepening efforts through a dedicated digital blended IT learning program for selected participants.

Some participants actively engaged during a training session

Mr. Burkhardt Hellemann, Head of Konrad Adenauer Stiftung in Ghana, making some remarks at the workshop

More active participants seated at the event

The final part of the workshop was a job fair, which saw representatives from five corporate bodies across various sectors, witnessing the self-pitches of the participants. They also interacted with them, advising them on what companies like theirs looked out for. As a result, attendees were able to link these insights to what they had learned throughout the workshop. It was as well a great opportunity for networking and the creation of new friendships.

Our 2-day workshop was indeed a sensational success. We are grateful to the honourable minister Mustapha Abdul-Hamid, all our partners, and most importantly, the Zongo youth, who came out in their numbers and showed passion, dedication and hard work. To them, our doors will always be open for assistance.