The trainees who took part in the National Training of Trainers on “Skillspreneurship” came from all over the country A nation is considered progressive when its citizens help create an environment that fosters more inclusive economic growth through employment and provides conducive ecosystems for small businesses to thrive.
The challenge to create a citizenry of entrepreneurs is daunting. Governments, in collaboration with reliable partners with expertise and resources, must be encouraged to achieve this goal.
To address this challenge, a public-private partnership between Bayan Academy, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and the social responsibility arm of JPMorgan Chase was formed with the objective of training TESDA trainers who can teach “skillspreneurship” or skills-based entrepreneurship to a broader population.
TESDA, through its National Institute for Technical Education and Skills Development, chose trainers to attend the National Training of Trainers on “Skillspreneurship.”
Philip Felipe, executive director of Bayan Academy, said: “This program aims to introduce entrepreneurship to TESDA technical-vocational graduates to explore the path to entrepreneurship as a way to maximize their technical skills and promote family-based enterprises for employment generation in their own localities. With Bayan Academy’s Learning Systems, skills-based entrepreneurship education could be democratized.
Two “skillspreneurship” trainings were implemented. The attendees, who came from all over the country, were identified by TESDA as trainers with potential to become skillsbased entrepreneurs and who can help uplift their communities and bring employment opportunities to their localities. “Bayan Academy has established itself as a pioneer of enterprise development, ‘technopreneurship’ and transformative education by developing curriculum and learning materials in grassroots enterprise development. We are very proud of our partnership with both TESDA and JPMorgan as we look to contribute to long-term efforts towards social equity for all Filipinos,” Felipe noted.
Said Roberto Panlilio, managing director and senior country officer at JPMorgan: “At JPMorgan we believe that increased economic opportunity and more widely shared prosperity are essential to the growth and development of countries where we live and operate in. We also recognize the impact made by our partners like Bayan Academy as they engage with underserved sectors of our society and extend effective technology-based interventions like the Community-Based ‘Technopreneurship’ program.”
Program participants are also encouraged to increase their technical know-how independently through the JPMorgan-sponsored entrepreneurship online platform bayanlearningsystems.ph.
For more info on the JPMorgan Chase Entrepreneurship Education for Community Development program, visit Bayan Academy at 825 EDSA, Quezon City or call 920-5201.