Group Empowers Nigerian Entrepreneurs, Returning Migrants & Youths On Business Development

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A consulting firm, GOPA Worldwide Consultants, has trained some Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) trainers and facilitators in Lagos and Edo states on how to create business development opportunities for returning migrants and unemployed youths.

The Team Leader, Mr Peik Bruhns, made the disclosure  at an online media launch and MSME trainers, facilitators and coaches certification on Monday in Lagos.

The training was organised by GIZ (German Cooperation Deutsche Zusammenarbeit) and Pro-Poor Growth and Promotion of Employment in Nigeria and implemented by GOPA Worldwide Consultants.

BLUETOOLZ MEDIA gathered that the training was tagged “Creating Business Development Opportunities Through Entrepreneurship Training and Coaching in Lagos and Edo States”.

Bruhns said that the aim was to build capacities  and support for MSMEs in the two states.

“Some of the trainers and facilitators were Capstone Education & Invest Ltd., Hope Builders Skills Acquisitions Foundation and Leverage Platform Ltd.“The others include Knight and Bishop Consultancy,Web of Hearts, LAPO Institute for Microfinance and Enterprises Development, Sabi Hub, Society for the Empowerment of Young Persons (SEYP) and Viisaus Technology.

“They were trained on how to create basic entrepreneurship sensitisation, basic employability and career sensitisation, business start-up development and coaching support.“They will implement the training into returning migrants, females, unemployed youths, internally-displaced persons, person with disability and others,” Bruhns said.

He said that interested persons could connect to the  trainers and facilitators.“For now, we have only trained about 60  MSME trainers, facilitators and coaches and plan to train overs 1,000 before next year.“One of the indicators we are using is employment creation and  capacity building of small businesses which means that jobs for people will be enhanced significantly.

“We are expecting at least 30 per cent employment creation impact in Lagos and Edo states,” he said.A beneficiary of the training, Mr Folayemisi Adu, Executive Director, Home Builders Skill Development and Acquisition Foundation, said that the training engaged the beneficiaries  well on employability skills as well as create model and startup model for businesses.

“We are into youth and women empowerment by assisting them to acquire entrepreneurial skills; so, this training will help to develop our entrepreneurship sensitisation and development skills.“We were chosen as one of the implementation organisations to create and start models for people interested in businesses.

“Create models  are for the people who have no idea on how to start a business while start model are for people  already into  the business but want to know more.“We will teach them how to write their business plans and engage them with organisations that can help them to start businesses  and have access to loans,” she told BLUETOOLZ MEDIA

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