Vocational skills development organization conducts training in Mayan abun and Wunrock for NRC TVET graduates from different life skills mainly Carpentry, hair dressing, tailoring masonry and catering. The business management training targeted 82 participants, 54 female and 28 male. While in Wunrock a total number of 103 participants were trained (78 female and 25 male).
The main objective of the training was to equip TVET graduates with skills in business management, financial management and customer care. Skills acquired from Technical centers need to be supported by business management skills in order for the students to sustain and manage businesses. The five days trainings also intended to encourage job creation and build ways in which students can use TVET acquired knowledge to generate income.
After acquiring different technical skills, graduates of TVET schools are introduced to entrepreneurship in order to understand steps taken when establishing a business, marketing a product and how to attract and maintain existing customers. The training motivated the youth to be self-reliant, independent and job creators by identifying a business opportunity and using the available resources to make profit. Many youth find a challenge of starting a business, managing finances and attracting customers to purchase products. This training was an opportunity to fill the gap between technical knowledge and using the knowledge to generate income. VOSDO business specialist introduced the participants to the process of identifying a business, conducting market assessment and testing the profitability of a business idea.
The training covered topics in Entrepreneurship, book keeping, managing cash accounts, calculating profits and loss, banking and accessing finance, marketing, customer care and writing business plans. Real life scenarios, group work and calculations were presented to the participants, this inspired and provoked critical thinking, flexibility and innovation. Course materials were provided to students for further reading and the Presentation was translated into Arabic and the local language so that students from Arabic background can be able to understand and benefit from the training.