The Deputy Minister for Employment and Labour Relations, Bright Wireko Brobbey, has challenged the youth, particularly fresh graduates, to create their own jobs rather than depending on white-collar jobs.
According to him, there is a lot of fulfilment in one being an entrepreneur instead of chasing after non-existent white-collar jobs.
He made this call at a conference on precision quality and standards building organised by Design and Technology Institute (DTI) on the theme “the precision Quality Policy framework: A building block for systems change and industrial transformation”.
“I have not seen any wealthy person in the formal space who works in the civil or public service. Every wealthy person in society is an entrepreneur. Anyone who is able to put his creativity into action and create jobs is rich.”
“White collar jobs are not the only jobs one can do. So we should not be over-reliant on the government to create jobs”, he said.
He further mentioned that adding value and standardising wares will ensure the accomplishment of the industrialised economy Ghana dreams of.
“What we are doing now is to encourage and ensure that standards are added by way of value to products.
The youth in the informal space can only reap the benefits of their labour after they have been able to standardise their products”.
“Patronage will increase and the products can also be exported since it meets world standards.
Gradually this will bring about the industrialisation the country seeks to achieve”.
On championing the importance of precision quality and standardisation for the informal sector, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Design and Technology Institute (DTI), Constance Swaniker said Ghana can only kick start her industrialisation agenda when players in the informal sector fully understand what it means to standardise their products and services.
“For the average artisan, if I gave you the order to produce six chairs, each of the six will not look the same.
We can only begin the industrial agenda if we begin to understand what scalability looks like.
Once you get an order to produce 200 chairs, will each chair look the same? Proper scalability occurs when precision quality is ensured in the delivery process”.
“It is only when we are able to scale properly that we can achieve our industrialization agenda”, she said.
Precision Quality is a term coined by the Design & Technology Institute (DTI) of Ghana to highlight the value of precision in industry, services and processes to ensure that goods, services and products are of world-class quality.
The conference which seeks to advocate for precision and quality delivery in the country’s production line also highlighted the need for stakeholders to be deliberate in creating an ecosystem which produces entrepreneurs.