Participants during business training course at Kenya Institute of Business Training, Parklands.
The training will equip the SMEs operators with entrepreneurial skills that are vital in business management.
Monday 3rd August 2020, By VALLARY WACHIRA
Ninety Small and Medium-sized Entrepreneurs (SMEs) drawn from various parts of Nairobi County will participate in a three-day business training starting today at the Kenya Institute of Business Training (KIBT), Parklands.
The trainees, who have been divided into three groups as a way of curbing the spread of COVID-19 in accordance with Ministry of Health social distancing protocols, will be imparted with entrepreneurial skills on how to manage their finances and business.
According to Ms Agnes Musiu the Assistant Head of Training at KIBT, “We decided to divide the 90 entrepreneurs that are participating in the training into three groups thus thirty will train in Kibra, another thirty in Dagoretti and the remaining thirty in KIBT with their respective Coordinators and Lecturers as a way of minimizing interaction and observing the physical distancing as directed by the Government”.
Ms Musiu however added that the programme hasn’t been running smoothly across the Country citing budget cuts as a major setback and the corona pandemic that has affected most operations globally.
During one of the training sessions, the apprentices were encouraged to put into practice all the skills that they will acquire in building and expanding their businesses.
Hellen Mzito and Pamela Odongo both participants and SME operators emphasized that the skills they will acquire at the end of the three-day training will help them grow their businesses.
Another participant Ms Mazito said “I was a ‘malimali’ seller operating here in Nairobi but my business wasn’t growing because I was incurring more losses than profits, hence I decided to register for a business course at KIBT in order to understand the business dynamics. I am so grateful that the course will help me a lot in expanding my business”.
The programme is dependant on the availability of the target group trainees most of whom own start-ups and a few are already established in their businesses. The various Coordinators at KIBT help in recruiting them based on different locations. The training costs Ksh 500 per person and spans three days, with each participant receiving a certificate at the end of the exercise.
KIBT is one of the departments within the State Department of Trade and Enterprise Development.