Inspiring young people to become entrepreneurs
As part of Global Entrepreneurship Week from 16-22 November, the International Trade Centre (ITC) is launching an online course aimed at fostering an entrepreneurial mindset among young people around the world.
The course – called ‘Taking the Entrepreneurship Route’ – is offered by ITC’s Youth and Trade Programme to all who are interested, up to 100 participants. It requires approximately four hours of study, over two weeks.
Through a variety of activities, including lectures, case studies and forum tasks, the course provides aspiring entrepreneurs with an understanding of the entrepreneurship route, the risks and rewards of being an entrepreneur, as well as an introduction to the business start-up process.
‘Entrepreneurship, particularly in the small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) sector, can be a pathway to decent work and income opportunities for young people,’ said David Cordobes, head of ITC’s Youth and Trade Programme.
As someone in charge of programmes to support exporters, my experience using this tool will be very useful to others, said Ousmane Kante, Inspector of Economic Services, Head of Business Support Programmes, Export Promotion Agency of Mali (APEX-Mali).
Participants who meet the course requirements will receive a certificate of achievement in electronic format, which will be verifiable via the SME Trade Academy.
‘Taking the Entrepreneurship Route’ can be accessed on the ITC online learning platform, the SME Trade Academy. The course is three-fourths full, and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration will be open until 22 November.