Telecoms giant, MTN has rounded off its annual 21 Days of Y’ello Care with a career day for Senior High School (SHS) students.
The programme, which is an annual staff volunteer initiative in all the 21 operating companies within the MTN Group, saw students from Ashaiman, Osu Salem, Accra High and Kinbu Secondary Technical Schools participating in the Global Career Day, the first in
the company’s history.
The Y’ello Career Day forms part of efforts to support the empowerment of young people in the market in which it operated and was on the theme: “Creating a Brighter Future.”
The career day, according to the Acting Corporate Services Executives of MTN Ghana, Samuel Koranteng is to help guide
young people to choose careers that are relevant and impactful to society.
“Today offers a unique opportunity for our participants from the four senior high schools to make decisions on their career path”.
He said MTN Ghana was creating a platform for young people to see what the future job market may look like and empower them with tools and ideas that will prepare them for the future.
“All MTN operations are implementing the same programme, with the same intended objectives,” he said.
Mr Koranteng said MTN in partnership with the National Board for Small Scale Industries had selected 100 young people from deprived communities to undergo training in soap/bleach making, bead making, batik production and leather works focused.
He said another 100 youth who were selected from Nima, Maamobi and Accra NewTown dubbed ‘Zongo Coders’ were trained in general ICT and coding by MTN in partnership with Initiative Youth Development, adding, “MTN donated and install 15 computers at the Accra Technical Training Centre.”
Mr Koranteng said MTN also partner Zoomlion to embark on clean-up exercises and create awareness on clean environment under MTN volunteers Y’ello Goes Green project, harvested over 1000 waste plastic bottles which had been washed ashore at the James Town Beach.
“The harvested bottles were recycled into building and pavement blocks with support from Nelplast Ghana Limited, a Ghanaian company which recycle plastic waste.”
MTN Ghana remains one of the most awarded country for volunteerism and projects picking up Leadership Award in 2016, Integrity Award in 2015, Innovation Project award in 2014, ICT Project, 2013, overall Y’ello Care Challenge winners for two years 2010 & 2011 and the 2008 WECA (West and Central Africa) Regional award.