A workshop on SIYB (Start and Improve Your Business) will take place in New Delhi, India from 22 to 25 November 2016.

As SIYB has been in implementation globally for nearly three decades, it is imperative that continuous efforts are made to maintain the implementation standards worldwide and that there is focus on how to make BDS providers offering SIYB financially sustainable so that they can remain reliable partners to help enterprises grow.
It is for this purpose that the ILO-HQ in collaboration with the ILO Country Office for India and Decent  Work Team for South Asia, the Rural Youth Employment Project in Afghanistan and the ITCILO – within the framework of the project “Promoting rural youth employment in Afghanistan through entrepreneurship education and vocational training” funded by the Government of Norway, is organizing for the first time a sub-regional programme management training in SIYB. Four days will be dedicated to the topics of implementing, monitoring, evaluating SIYB and making it financially sustainable.

The objective of this workshop is to enable SIYB training providers to develop long-term business models that will allow them to function independently financially while still maintaining service
quality standards that facilitate entrepreneurial development. The course will enable the participants to:
• Get a detailed understanding of the steps in introducing SIYB
• Understand the key differences in target groups and learning objectives of SIYB’s training packages
• Identify different strategies for marketing the services for specific target groups
• Be aware of the best practices in managing an SIYB programme, including the monitoring and evaluation tools available at different levels of the SIYB training system
• Explore future sustainability strategies at provider level and at national level
• Develop new business models for financial viability of BDS providers

The participation of 15 representatives of Afghanistan’s Ministry of Labour, as well as Workers’ and Employers’ organization, will be financed under the project “Promoting rural youth employment in Afghanistan through entrepreneurship education and vocational training”.