During April 14-20, 2019, the International Labor Organization and GURT Resource Center conducted Generate Your Business Idea/Start Your Business training of trainers under the “Start and Improve Your Business” (SIYB) program for teachers of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) schools.
“To participate in the SIYB program, we chose teachers of TVET schools to promote the culture of entrepreneurship among young people. Why does a technician, who acquires professional competences, cannot create his/her studio or a hairdresser start his/her own business? Our task is to stimulate entrepreneurial spirit in Ukraine and create an inclusive labor market,” Tetyana Minenko, National Project Officer of the ILO project “Inclusive Labor Markets for Job Creation in Ukraine”.
ToT workshop was conducted by certified master trainers with many years of international experience. In case of successful application of the acquired knowledge, participants will receive certificates of trainers from the International Labor Organization under the programs “Generate Your Business Idea” and “Start Your business”.
“The ILO program “Start and Improve Your Business” is adjusted to the needs of the countries where it is being implemented. Before this training, I trained representatives of employment centers. Today, our group is different as they are teachers of TVET schools whose students often lack business skills. Entrepreneurship training will reduce the percentage of youth unemployment. Implementing the ILO program “Start and Improve Your Business” in the educational process has a great potential for improving the quality of educational services,” Aisulu Meimankanova, Master trainer of ILO-SIYB program.
The ILO “Start and Improve Your Business” program for teachers of TVET schools is being implemented in Ukraine in cooperation with collaborates – the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine, the State Employment Service of Ukraine, the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine and GURT Resource Center.
“One of the components of the ILO project “Inclusive Labor Markets for Job Creation in Ukraine” funded by Denmark is strengthening of local partnerships that promote dialogue between employers, educational institutions, government and non-governmental organizations such as GURT, providing quality educational services. The opening of the training program was attended by Irina Shumik, Director General of the VET Directorate of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine, who stakes hopes on this course. It is an important step in implementing the SIYB methodology by educational institutions into their curricula,” Tetyana Minenko, National Project Officer of the ILO project “Inclusive Labor Markets for Job Creation in Ukraine”.
It is planned that certified trainers will be involved in conducting training for future entrepreneurs within the project “Inclusive Labor Markets for Job Creation in Ukraine” and other initiatives on a contractual basis.
“Knowledge of the modern technologies of organization and realization of commercial activities, understanding of strategy and tactics of the start, improvement, and promotion of their own business will make students of TVET schools competitive in the conditions of the market economy. Acquiring competences in starting their business is a way to develop small and medium-sized entrepreneurship in Ukraine. That is why “Start and Improve Your Business” training program is another step towards modernizing the national system of vocational education,” Irina Shumik, Director General of the VET Directorate of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine.
In three months, master trainers will visit TVET schools to see how well teachers learned and implemented the knowledge gained. In the process of monitoring, a decision on the certification of coaches will be taken.
“I am planning to become a coach and to promote the SYIB program in my city. The advantage of such training is that we will immediately apply all the knowledge gained into practice. We have a difficult situation with job opportunities in Ukraine, especially for young people. Entrepreneurship training will help to create new jobs and prevent emigration,” Antonina Vangeliy, Teacher of Kherson professional college №2.
The project “Inclusive Labor Markets for Job Creation in Ukraine” is implemented by the International Labor Organization and funded by Denmark.