Having completed entrepreneurship and mentoring training, 150 women received their certificates at a ceremony held in Bursa on 26 April 2017 as part of the project “More and Better Jobs for Women: Women’s Empowerment through Decent Work in Turkey” implemented by International Labor Organization (ILO) in order to enhance women’s employment in Turkey.
150 women, aspiring entrepreneurs, have received an entrepreneurship training as part of the project implemented by ILO in cooperation with Turkish Employment Agency (İŞKUR) and through financing of Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) as well as a mentoring training through contributions of Businesswomen and Managers Association of Bursa (BUİKAD). A grant assistance is expected to be provided to successful candidates.
Speaking at the Certificate Ceremony, Kadir Uysal, ILO Project Field Focal Point noted that a more sustainable employment for women can be ensured through grant assistance to be made available to many women receiving entrepreneurship training as part of the project.
İpek Yalçın, BUİKAD President, stated that most of the trainees who have successfully completed the course already have a business plan, some have already started their own business and are planning to expand their business thanks to the certificate.
Saying that Turkey has a low rate of women entrepreneurs and as of end 2014, there were 1 million 223 thousand entrepreneurs-employers in Turkey, Yalçın added “Out of that total number of entrepreneurs, 1 million 114 thousand are men and only 109 thousand women. That is to say, women make up only 9% of all the entrepreneurs. This percentage is unacceptable given that half of the population are women”.
Women’s business plans are based on different ideas and dreams including starting a fashion house, patisserie, herbalist, engaging in manufacturing of ceramic of İznik type, running a baby gear shop, producing mushrooms, starting a gluten-free bakery shop etc.
Entrepreneurship and mentoring trainings have been provided to aspiring female entrepreneurs in Ankara, Konya and Bursa and those in İstanbul are underway.
During entrepreneurship and mentoring trainings: women learn about various issues and concepts such as business idea development and creativeness; entrepreneurship; business management; business functions/types/start-up procedures; financial and legal obligations; business plan concept (market research, marketing plan, production plan, management plan, financial plan); business model; gender, sustainability, access to financing etc.
The project aimed to include 150 women in Bursa, 100 in İstanbul, 100 in Ankara and 50 in Konya in the training program, with also plans to provide a grant assistance for successful trainees. A contest shall be held at the end of the training and mentoring programs, and 30 aspiring female entrepreneurs with successful business plans shall be provided with 2000 USD in micro grant.