In keeping with the adage, teach a man how to fish and you will feed him for a lifetime, JKUAT’s College of Human Resource and Entrepreneurship Development (COHRED) held the inaugural Training of Potential Entrepreneurs (ToPE) for JKUAT students, February 10-14, 2020.
The training conducted by the International Labour Organization (ILO) certified trainers led by Dr. Peter Wanjohi, equipped the students with ILO developed module of Start and Improve your Business (SIYB).
The module focuses on the establishment and development of small businesses as a strategy for creating more and better employment, particularly in emerging economies. A recent ILO tracer study shows that the module has led to the start-up of at least 2.65 million new businesses and the expansion of 40 per cent of existing businesses.
The week-long training was aimed at furnishing the students with practical tools to generate business ideas and start their own businesses. It drew 9 students from Entrepreneurship; Leadership and Management; Procurement and Logistics; and Statistics and Actuarial Science departments.
According to Dr. Wanjohi, the training was in line with the University’s aim of equipping students with skills to be self employed as a strategy of tackling the high unemployment rates in the country.
“The training endeavored to develop practical, hands-on business skills of the students along with their academics as they navigate the road of entrepreneurship and start-ups,” said Dr. Wanjohi, a lecturer at the School of Entrepreneurship, Technology, Leadership, and Management.
The participants who hailed the practicality of the training were also trained by Marian Akumu, Sophia Takaria and Mr. Tedesse Gabriesellasie from Ethiopia.