If you’ve been trying so hard to be a maven at something but your efforts have been futile; have you considered apprenticeship? Apprenticeship is a method of training on a trade or profession facilitated by an expert in that field. Apprenticeship is the period between being a notice and a master of an industry. This is the period where an individual learns and acquires the needed skills, knowledge and experience to succeed in a particular field of their endeavor.
In her key note discourse at Barcamp Tema 2017 at the Rotary Centre, the Tigo Ghana Director for Regulatory Affairs; Sylvia Owusu-Ankomah emphasized the importance of being an apprentice in whatever industry or endeavor one chooses to pursue. This according to her, is essential especially for young people aspiring to contribute immensely to their professional organizations and social initiatives.
Sharing her experience on apprenticeship, she revealed that she began her career as a ‘call center executive’. This presented an opportunity for her to learn the entrails of her trade and how the telecom industry worked. According to the Director, she spent her time perfecting her skills on the job and gradually moved through the various ranks to her current position. She revealed that her current status at Tigo Ghana would never have been successful, had she not had the crucial apprenticeship period.
Sylvia Owusu-Ankomah also accentuated the importance of innovation and adaptation. She said, “we need to be innovative and to be innovative, we need to study the environment and adapt our services and product to the needs of society.”
Barcamp Tema on Saturday 3rd June 2017, engaged young people and professionals in and beyond Tema on a discussion on the theme, “Professionalism, Innovation and Competence”.
The event also saw in attendance, the Corporate Responsibility Manager for Tigo Ghana; Michael Sarpong-Bruce and Internal Communications Manager of Tigo Ghana; Alex Offei Lartey.
Participants at Barcamp Tema 2017 engaged in multiple user-generated breakout sessions [on subjects like financial literacy, blogging and social media and corruption and youth activism], speed mentoring and networking sessions.
Read some feedback from some mentors and participants below:
Sena Agyepong [Mentor] – “Thanks for having us. It was a very good use of my Saturday morning. Really refreshing seeing all those young people, so passionate about so many positive income generation and social impact ventures. I pray I was half as significant in their day as they were in mine.
Wish you the very best of Ada. “
Peter Asare-Nyarko [Participant] – “The breakout session on financial literacy @ #bctema was educative. I love the fact that it was fun and practical, everyday life situations approach. I’m happy people are accepting the fact that a stable economic growth will only be possible if the people are financially literates. The agenda is on course… Let’s journey to financial freedom. Let’s plan our own retirement. “
Levina Ansong [Mentor] – “It was such a pleasure and a pleasant experience to be a part of this year’s Barcamp Tema. I enjoyed every second I spent there. You and your team are doing a very great job. I pray for more grace for you.”
Tittey Kwame [Participant] – “The Barcamp Tema team have done great job. May the good Lord strengthen you guys as you continue to impact our generation“.
Diana Setsofia Agbenyo [Participant] – “I am limited by words in describing yesterday’s Barcamp!! The team, participants, mentors even the food oh chale. It was just lit! “
Yvonne Blasu [Participant] – “Great experience “.
Written by: Rachel Hormeku / Barcamp Ghana Marketing Lead