Some 150 new entrepreneurs will get down to business after receiving entrepreneurship training by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in collaboration with the Bangladesh Employers Federation (BEF).The group received certificates at a ceremony held at the BEF in the city yesterday to mark their successful completion of the first module, “Generate your Business (GYB) Idea” of ILO’s ‘Start and Improve Your Business’ (SIYB) course, according to a release.The course is supported by ILO’s Bangladesh Skills for Employment and Productivity (B-SEP) project funded
by Canada, the release said.In addition to the 150 new entrepreneurs, 16 local trainers who have also been trained by the Sri Lanka SIYB Association also received certificates.”Start and Improve Your Business is ILO’s flagship management training program targeting micro and small enterprises. By introducing it to entrepreneurs in Bangladesh we will help them gain the confidence and skills to launch or better manage their own businesses, generate jobs and contribute to the national economy,” Cezar Dragutan, Chief Technical Adviser of ILO’s B-SEP project said.Francis De Silva, Senior Skills Specialist B-SEP project and SIYB trainer said ILO is introducing the’Start and Improve Your Business’ course as part of its actions to strengthen priority industrial sectors.The B-SEP project is planned that several thousand entrepreneurs will have been trained in 2018, he said.
Developed in the 1980’s by ILO, SIYB has been introduced in more than 100 countries through a network of 2,500 partner institutions with 237 master trainers and 17,540 trainers (40 percent women). Its current outreach stands at 4.5 million trainees (50 percent women entrepreneurs) and has generated an estimated 2.7 million new jobs, making it one of the biggest programmes of its kind.Taking part in the ceremony and a round table on the initiative included chief guest ABM Khorshed Alam, Chief Executive officer (Additional Secretary) National Skills Development Council (NSDC) Secretariat,Shafiuddin Ahmed, Chairman, National Coordination Committee for workers Education (NCCWE), Shaquib
Quoreshi, Secretary, Bangladesh Employers Federation, Mostafizur Rahman, Chairman, Bangladesh Technical Education Board, M Mokhlesur Rahman, Senior Operations Officer, World Bank, AKM Hamid, President Institute of Diploma Engineers Bangladesh (IDEB), Rokiya A Rahman, President, Federation of Women Entrepreneurs Bangladesh (FWEB) and Sabur Khan, Chairman Daffodil International University.