Entrepreneurship for Opportunity Actualization (EOpAct) is a build-up of the significant progress attained by Africa Lead II’s Agribusiness Leadership Program (ALP) which successfully developed internship or practicum placements for beneficiaries through a combination of on-the-job training, formal classroom instruction and informal interaction. The focus of ALP was consistent with the objectives of FTF and CAADP.
EOpAct was set out to achieve four overarching objectives: (1) develop and equip graduates with workplace skills, knowledge and experience to make them employers or employable; (2) develop sustainable internship programme to exploit employable opportunities for youth and women; (3) create a platform to leverage skills, technologies expertise and resource and foster linkages between business, youth and academia; and (4) increase SME access to technology and business support services.
From the official launch in February, 2016, significant strides have been made in the provision of internship matching services by recruiting, training, placing and supporting beneficiaries in appropriate host companies/organizations. ASNAPP has signed 32 agribusiness firms across the continent as host companies for the first phase of the project. Of the 15 host companies that have expressed interest in the program, 11 have been signed on. Out of more than 305 internship applications received, 105 have been trained, 62 have been placed in five countries in Africa (Ghana, Senegal, Liberia, South Africa and Zambia). Of the 14 graduate beneficiaries that have completed, 9 Have secured jobs.
The next phase of EOpAct is to enroll more host companies and organizations and beneficiaries (students and graduates) into the Internship Partnership Network (IPN) by offering matching services to registered members. To achieve this, four campaigns will be organized to sign up students from four main universities across the country; University of Ghana (Legon), Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (Kumasi), University of Cape Coast (Cape Coast), and University for Development Studies (Tamale). Appropriate agribusiness companies will be targeted and approached to sign on unto IPN.