Microsoft wants you to build your business launches free training course

Build your Business
Build your BusinessMicrosoft has an aim to help build businesses in Kenya and ten other African countries. Other countries are Morocco, Palestine, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia, Senegal, Mauritius, Nigeria, Ivory Coast and South Africa. They launched a curriculum for micro and small businesses to enhance skill promoting. The training course dubbed “Build Your Business” will seek to leverage productivity and technology tools for business growth. This course will be available in English, Arabic and French and will come in  the next few months.
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 organisation; and Manpower, a workforce solutions and services provider.
David Arkless, Manpower Group’s President of Corporate and Government Affairs, says, “Start ups and small businesses are the backbone of Africa’s economy, and this learning course will encourage aspiring entrepreneurs to take the leap to set up a business venture. We are committed to helping new small businesses get off the ground and provide them with the skills to deal with the rigors of competition and day-to-day business tasks.”
Ali Faramawy, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Corporation and President, Microsoft Middle East & Africa, says, “We are seeing a newfound life of entrepreneurism across the Middle East and Africa.  Build Your Business will give entrepreneurs and startups the best start, helping them to develop their business strategy and compete in the marketplace. From working closely with our partners and receiving positive feedback from early adoptors, we are looking forward to the program implementation across several regions by the end of the year.”
The curriculum is a 10-day training course, which can be taken at a pace as needed. 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.
Microsoft’s Digital Literacy Curriculum will be included in the course, as the first step in the training process. The curriculum provides quality training content focused on real-world skill development and aligns with internationally recognized certification requirements. Program graduates will receive a certification of completion endorsed by Microsoft and partners.
The business curriculum is suitable for entrepreneurs in all industries and micro and small scale entrepreneurs will be able to join the programme through participating partners in the coming months.
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