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Microsoft Oman concluded ‘Build Your Business’ training program

The training program was delivered by Tawasul between the 1st and 5th of November 2015.

In collaboration with the Oman IT Society and Ministry of Manpower, Microsoft Oman hosted Build Your Business (BYB) train the trainer program, a training course designed to introduce professional trainers the basic principles needed to help entrepreneurs successfully launch, lead and scale up micro and small enterprises.

The training program was delivered by Tawasul between the 1st and 5th of November 2015.

Build Your Business is a key initiative in Microsoft’s continued investment in the Sultanate and the region to foster local business growth and entrepreneurship, providing young talent the access to productivity and technology tools to grow their businesses.

Commenting on hosting the second session of Build Your Business in Oman, Sherif Tawfik, General Country Manager for Microsoft Bahrain and Oman, said “we understand the vital role small businesses play in growing our local economy in Oman and helping it thrive. We have a long-standing commitment to helping Omani youth realize their full potential with the aim to support the economic reform mandated in the Vision 2020; Build Your Business program aims to empower young entrepreneurs with tools and the know-how to develop their ideas, build and sustain their businesses and eventually play a positive role in boosting the national economy and create new job opportunities for other youth.”

This ‘train the trainer’ session witnessed the participation of 25 young Omani trainers representing ministries and government organizations such as Ministry of Manpower, Higher College of Technology and Sultan Qaboos University. “Train the Trainers session of the Build Your Business program aims to equip a number of local trainers in Oman who have the basic knowledge, skills and experience to train and assist the growing number of entrepreneurs and help them enhance the competitiveness and sustainability of their businesses and the sector and the overall local economy,” Tawfik explained.

For his part, Eng. Harib Harith Al Mahrooqi, Acting Director for Vocational Training at the Ministry of Manpower explained that the goal of this training program goes beyond the actual content of the session to developing the trainers’ skills; he affirmed that such programs come in line with the Government strategy to collaborate with business leaders to train professional trainers and college teachers so that industrial culture is transferred to the future entrepreneurs at an early age. He encouraged the participant to actively and effectively utilize the diverse training tools offered by the Build Your Business program and pass them to young entrepreneurs in Oman.

The one-week ‘train the trainers’ program, held from November 1 to 5, consisted of a comprehensive introduction of the Build Your Business, a global initiative by Microsoft and International Youth Foundation, is currently used by over 300 organizations in 20 countries to empower the next generation of entrepreneurs. International Youth Foundation also provides trainers with valuable insights into the implementation of youth development programs based on its nearly 25 years of experience.

Dr. Salim Sultan Al Ruzaiqi, Chairman of Oman IT Society said “we succeeded through this session to share skills and knowledge needed to help local entrepreneurs in launching and managing prosperous businesses.” He added that the positive effect of this session goes beyond the training of professional trainers in the Ministry of Manpower and educational institutions to benefit the future entrepreneurs and their future customers; “it also aims to enhance the business eco-system in Oman, encourages more entrepreneurs to transform their ideas into businesses and helps boost the private sector’s growth in the Sultanate” Dr. Al Ruzaiqi concluded.

The curriculum draws on best practice training content and approaches and was developed with partners, which included the International Youth Foundation, a youth development charity; the University of Stellenbosch Business School in South Africa; Enablis, a Canadian-based not-for-profit organization; and Manpower, a workforce solutions and services provider.

“We are pleased to partner with Microsoft and deliver the Build Your Business (BYB) train the trainer program to provide national trainers with high quality knowledge and allow them to transfer international experiences to young Omani entrepreneurs,” said Hazim Abdullah Sabah, CEO of Tawasul.

The business curriculum is suitable for entrepreneurs in all industries; the course modules include: market research, business planning, marketing, accounting, life skills and governance and ethical business practices. Content provided for the curriculum includes: DVD tutorials, video case studies, interactive practice exercises and educational games, business document templates, Microsoft Digital Literacy Curricula and lesson plans.