GOPA Trains MSMEs On Business Development Opportunities For Returning Migrants, Unemployed Youths.

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

The Team Leader, Mr Peik Bruhns of GOPA Worldwide Consultants, said this at the on-line media launch and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises 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(SEDIN) and implemented by GOPA Worldwide Consultants.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the training was tagged “Creating Business Development Opportunities Through Entrepreneurship Training and Coaching in Lagos and Edo States.

Bruhns said that their aim was to implements capacity building and support programs for MSME in Lagos and Edo states

 “Some of the MSME trainers and facilitators were; Capstone Education & invest Ltd, Hope builders skills and acquisitions foundation, Leverage platform Ltd.

“Others includes; Knight and bishop consultancy, Web of hearts, LAPO Institute for Microfinance and Enterprise 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, career sensitisation, business start-up development and coaching support.

“After the training, they will implement the training into the returning migrants, females, unemployed youths, internally displaced persons, a person with disability and others,” he said.

Bruhns said that anyone interested in career development, business start-up, advanced business development and entrepreneurship sensitisation would be connected to trainers and facilitators we had trained.

 “For now, we have only trained about 60  MSME trainers, facilitators and coaches and plan to train overs 1000 people before next year.

“One of the indicators, we are using is the employment creation and building capacity of small businesses which means 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.

One of the MSME beneficiary of the training, Mr Folayemisi Adu, Executive Director, Home Builders Skill Development and Acquisition Foundation(NGO) said that the training had really engaged them on employability skills, create model and start-up model for businesses.

Adu said that every business models were been taught and covered all aspects of businesses from one stage to another.

“We are into youth and women empowerment organisation by assisting them to acquire entrepreneurial skills so this training would help to develop our entrepreneurship sensitisation and development training.

“We were chosen as one of the implementation organisation to create and start models for people interested in businesses.

“Create model are for the people who have no idea on how to start a business while start model is for the people who are already into the business but what to know more.

“We will teach them how to write their business plan and engage them with organisations that can help them start the business and having access to loans,” she said.

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