Over 300 small business operators and potential entrepreneurs walked away with improved skills and competencies in a range of areas after taking part in the annual Small Business Association’s (SBAs) training programme.
And Chief Executive Officer of the SBA Lynette Holder is encouraging other residents not to let age stop them from doing the same.
“At this time in our development as a country and economy we appreciate and understand the importance that education will play in this process,” Holder told the graduation ceremony at the Grand Salle, Central Bank on Thursday.
“For some time, the SBA has been actively involved in the delivery of entrepreneurial training… and we think this exercise has helped us to prepare the minds of persons who are either existing entrepreneurs or thinking about it,” said Holder.
Some 313 entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs graduated from the programme after obtaining a score of 80 per cent or more in the entrepreneurial training series.
The students took part in a range of disciplines including public speaking, accounting, human resources management, social media marketing, customer service, quick books and technology studies.
Forty-two of the individuals also received National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) in Janitorial Services level II.
The SBA has been delivering the courses since 2009. Holder said since then, some 1, 697 people have passed through the training programme. She told the gathering that research had shown that the economic returns on education could be significant for adults who pursue higher education when compared to the general working population.
“The information suggests that those who are at the age of 40 when they decide to pursue higher education are able to see a significant return to the economy,” she said, while referring to a 2009 OECD report.
Lauding the participants for their commitment to finishing the training, Holder warned the graduands “never ever say to yourself ‘I have had enough, I am too old now for this, my brain can’t handle anymore’. Never let that be said from any of us because we understand, and the imperial data is there to support the view, that it is a benefit not only to you in terms of higher earnings in the future, but for the economy as a result,” said Holder. (MM)