Fifty-eight youths which is in two groups attended a capacity building programme at Agriculture Research and Development Centre, (ARDC) Bajo in Wangduephodrang for five days from 30 August until 3 September to learn about developing a business proposal and become an entrepreneur.
During the five days programme, participants learnt about entrepreneurship basics, communication skills, business idea generation, marketing plan, production plan, financial plan, and conflict management and writing a business proposal that is crucial to start any new business.
According to Yeshi Choden, one of the trainers, the training will encourage youths to take up entrepreneurship and create employment as youth employment is becoming a challenge in the country. She added that it will also help to reduce rural-urban migration.
Another participant shared that she is happy to avail such a rare training and is hopeful that many youths will be benefitted to make their business dream come true.
The training is being organized as a part of the Youth Employment and Rural Entrepreneurship (YERE) project funded by the Japan Social Development Fund through the World Bank. The three-year project aims to generate new productive employment for the poor and vulnerable youths in six project sites at Chhukha, Dagana, Haa, Samtse, Trongsa and Wangduephodrang.
The project based at the Ministry’s Policy and Planning Division would train around 500 unemployed youths aged between 18-35, out of which the best 200 business proposals would be awarded a grant of Nu 350,000 through the project fund.
Similar training is also underway at Gangtey, Phangyul and Daga gewogs under Wangduephodrang. The YERE training has been completed in Haa, Trongsa and Chhukha while for Dagana, it will be held from 6-10 September.