100 women receiving training in entrepreneurship under the project “More and Better Jobs for Women: Women’s Empowerment through Decent Work in Turkey” implemented by the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Turkey to promote women’s employment were awarded their certificates in İstanbul on 13 June 2017.
Women having a variety of business pans including launching a ceramic workshop, marketing via e-commerce, café, production of organic soap, etc. participated to the training at Kadıköy Municipality under Women’s Entrepreneurship Support and Mentoring Programme.
Present at the ceremony held in Kadıköy Municipality building were Kadıköy Deputy Mayor Bahar Yalçın, Deputy Director of İŞKUR-İstanbul Süleyman Çelik; Serhat Öztürk, KOSGEB Director of Anatolian Part of İstanbul, and Project Coordinator Ebru Özberk Anlı.
Delivering the opening speech of the event Kadıköy Deputy Mayor Bahar Yalçın stressed the importance of inter-agency collaboration, adding that such trainings would further empower women.
Project coordinator Ebru Özberk Anlı gave information about the project including the micro-grant contest that is to follow and working of the process of awarding micro grants.
Anlı said, “Business idea and plan of each woman receiving this training is equally important to us regardless of their performance in micro-grant contest.”
Süleyman Çelik, Deputy Director of İŞKUR-İstanbul stated “Men need to be trained as well to approach both men and women equally in matters related to employment.”
Serhat Öztürk, KOSGEB Director of Anatolian Part of İstanbul underlined the importance of the sustainability of works of enterprising women and gave information about the submission of business plans for KOSGEB support.
The project financed by the Swedish Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) is implemented by ILO in cooperation with İŞKUR. The project envisages grant support to 50 women in Konya, 150 in Bursa, 100 in İstanbul, and 100 women in Ankara who successfully complete their training in entrepreneurship. Following the contest to be organized after entrepreneurship training and mentoring programmes, 30 women whose business plans are found as successful will be awarded micro-grant amounting to 2,000 USD.
Trainings in entrepreneurship and mentoring covered the following themes: development of business idea and creativity; entrepreneurship and enterprise; enterprise functions/types/forms; financial and legal obligations; concept of business plan (market research, marketing plan, production plan, management plan, financial plan); business model; gender; sustainability; and access to sources of finance.