The Ministry of Labour in collaboration with the Liberia Manpower Development & Recruitment Services has launched a Career Awareness Program for High School Students in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.
The program which was held under the theme "Promoting Employable Skills" brought together seven high schools within the City of Buchanan and its surroundings.
Speaking during the official launching program, Deputy Minister for Planning and Manpower Development, Atty. Neto Zarzar Lighe said the Ministry of Labour had reached the conclusion to place emphasis on career awareness for 11th & 12th graders because, he said, high school level is where people make decisions relative to their careers.
For his part, the President of the Grand Bassa Community College, Dr. Levi Z. Zangar, praised the Ministry of Labour for introducing such a program, noting that it will help to determine their career path.
He told the students that the private sector is the largest employment sector in Liberia, warning them that unless they have employable skills, no number of certificates will give them jobs.
"The biggest obstacle to reducing poverty in Liberia is the lack of skilled Liberians," Dr. Zangar noted.
Also speaking, the Consultant of the Liberia Manpower Development & Recruitment Services, Mr. Stanley Ford said career awareness is an essential life skill that allows people to become self-reliant and able to cope with changing labor market.