Some 150 new entrepreneurs will get down to business as they received entrepreneurship training provided 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 to mark their successful completion of the first module, ‘Generate your Business (GYB) Idea’ of ILO’s ‘Start and Improve Your Business’ (SIYB) course,” said a press release on Friday.
The course is supported by ILO’s Bangladesh Skills for Employment and Productivity (B-SEP) project funded by Canada.
In addition to the 150 new entrepreneurs, 16 local trainers who have also been trained by the Sri Lanka SIYB Association also received certificates.
Chief Technical Adviser of ILO’s Bangladesh Skills for Employment and Productivity (B-SEP) project Cezar Dragutan said ‘start and improve your business’ is ILO’s flagship management training programme targeting micro and small enterprises.
“By introducing it to entrepreneurs in Bangladesh, we’ll help them gain the confidence and skills to launch or better manage their own businesses, generate jobs and contribute to the national economy.”
Those taking part in the ceremony and a roundtable on the initiative included 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; Md Mokhlesur Rahman, Senior Operations Officer, World Bank; AKM Hamid, President Institute of Diploma Engineers Bangladesh (IDEB); Rokhya A Rahman, President, Federation of Women Entrepreneurs Bangladesh (FWEB) and Sabur Khan, Chairman Daffodil International University.
Senior Skills Specialist B-SEP Project and SIYB Trainer Francis De Silva said ILO is introducing the ‘Start and Improve Your Business’ course as part of its actions to strengthen priority industrial sectors.
By working closely with the BEF, a pool of 100 trained and qualified SIYB trainers will be created in the coming months.
By the end of the B-SEP project in 2018 it is planned that several thousand entrepreneurs will have been trained.