In 2019, YBI has worked with five of its members (Youth Business Russia, Youth Business Spain, Fundación Paraguaya, ICCO Burundi and MOST Incubator in Kazakhstan) to develop a training curriculum on entrepreneurial soft skills to improve the quality and impact of the support provided to entrepreneurs.
In 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak, this curriculum has been adapted for online delivery to support as many entrepreneurs who have been affected by the current crisis as possible, by sharing content and tools that they can apply to better adapt to changes and stay positive in times of crisis
As of today, the training has been delivered to 8 cohorts of entrepreneurs from multiple countries around the world, in 3 different languages (English, Spanish and Russian).
YBI will now start to train their members to deliver the curriculum themselves, benefiting an even larger number of entrepreneurs, at a time that they need it the most.
It is a free online training aimed at promoting and improving entrepreneurial soft skills.
The training is comprised of 7 modules and 4 live sessions over the course of 4 weeks, covering the following soft skills:
Each participant follows the modules at their own pace - they are available 24 hours a day on Google Classroom. They include different sources of relevant content (e.g., websites, video, texts, etc.), self-assessment tools, practical activities and exercises, individual reflection, and assignments.
The training also includes 4 live online sessions (1:30 hour long), in which entrepreneurs have the opportunity to ask questions related to the content, share their experience and interact with the facilitators and other entrepreneurs.
“The contents were simple to understand and I managed to connect what I learned with my own experience, to see it from a different perspective. I was able to relate to each skill that we worked on and the exercises were also very useful.”
“The training materials were really comprehensive and relevant at this challenging time for businesses around the world. The GPS Training also gave us the opportunity to find friends abroad and help each other.”
“It was very good for us to discuss real problems that are happening in the world. Businesses are under a lot of pressure to respond to these changes. The training was a great solution for my business.”
Entrepreneurs have been facing a really difficult time in the current crisis. It has taken a huge toll on them, not only financially but also psychologically and emotionally. They need our support more than ever to navigate the crisis, continue with their business (or create a new one) and stay strong and mentally healthy.
This cannot be achieved without the right set of soft skills!
As an entrepreneurship support organisation, you can make a difference to the entrepreneurs you support by offering a structured and tested online training that will help them develop and strengthen these key soft skills and enhance their chances of survival, now and in the future.
The ToT is structured in three different parts:
In order to access the training, there are a few requirements for your organisation and also for the individuals who will attend the training.
As an organisation, you will need to:
The individuals who will join the training need to meet the following requirements:
We have a limited number of organisations that we can train in each ToT, so before you register, please make sure you meet all the requirements.
If for some reason you do not meet one or more of the requirements and still want to join the training, please contact Carol Appel, Head of Training at YBI, via e-mail (email@example.com) to discuss your specific case.
Registration from 3rd May to 3rd June
GPS Training from 7th June to 1st July. Live sessions (1:30 hours long) on the following days:
Training of Trainers sessions on 13th July and 15th July from 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm (BST).
Follow-up support from 19th July to 15th January (dates of the monthly calls to be agreed with each individual organisation).
Sign up for the training here.
After submitting your registration form, YBI will contact you via e-mail within a few days to confirm your participation.
If you have any queries, please contact Carol Appel, Head of Training at YBI, via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.