Business Development Minister Mohammed Ibrahim Awal has urged companies to employ graduates as part of their Corporate Social Responsibilities (CSR).
Mr Awal believes giving jobs and internship opportunities to graduates as part of giving back to society, will enhance the skills of graduates in the corporate world.
Speaking at the 8th Ghana CSR Excellence Award ceremony, Mr Awal admitted that there is a disconnect between academia and industry, which has resulted in the rise in unemployment due to lack of skills.
“I want to urge businesses to consider job placements for our graduates as a key component of CSR … where job experience is needed and very important for them. I encourage you to provide internships for our graduates…,” he stated.
The Corporate Social Responsibility Awards scheme evaluates, assesses and rewards outstanding CSR practices and initiatives, and also encourages the private sector to be more active in its social investment interventions.
It is supported by the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), FAGE and the Chamber of Commerce.
MTN Ghana this year won the CSR Company of the Year, and CSR CEO of the Year went to Yolanda Cuba of Vodafone Ghana.
Other winners were:
CSR Award for Greening and Environmental Protection – Unilever Ghana,
CSR Award for Health – MTN Ghana
CSR Award for Safety & Well-being – Guinness Ghana
Agribusiness of the Year – Nyonkopa Cocoa Buying
CSR ICT Company of the Year – Huawei Ghana
CSR Hospitality of the Year – Accra City
CSR SME of the Year – Nyonkopa Cocoa Buying
CSR Award for Education – Vodafone Ghana
CSR Award for Production Standardisation – Unilever Ghana
CSR FMCG of the Year – Guinness Ghana
CSR Insurance Company of the Year – Prudential Life Insurance
CSR Manufacturing Company of the Year – Guinness Ghana
CSR Telecom Company of the Year – MTN Ghana
CSR Practitioner of the Year – Gabriel Opoku-Asare
CSR e-Commerce of the Year – QNET
CSR Initiative of the Year – Ghana Garden and Flower Movement
Source: Ghana Dinpafm.com / 91.3