Delta State STEP Beneficiaries

Skills Training and Entrepreneurship Programmes STEP Beneficiaries in the Delta state a poise to undergo its first round of Entrepreneurship and Business Management Training (EBMT) according to a release by the Delta State Chief Job Creation Office.

The training programme is the first in its schedule 2019/2020 programme cycle having been seriously affected by the pandemic coronavirus menace in the country.

The three-day EBMT, which began on Tuesday in Asaba, would be attended by the first batch of graduating Skills Training and Entrepreneurship Programme trainees in Decoration and Event Management; Catering and Confectionery; PoP, Screed-Making and Painting; Production of Cleaning Agents, and Hairdressing, Makeover and Braiding.

Addressing the beneficiaries, the Coordinator of STEP in the office of the Chief Job Creation Officer, Mr. Nkenchor Onyeisi, congratulated them for completing their training at the training centres meritoriously and for their success at the Completion Proficiency Test.

He said the EBMT was the last part of the STEP training programme, which followed after the trainees had undergone four other activities namely the Admission Proficiency Test, Orientation and Personal Effectiveness Training, Vocational Skills Training and Completion Proficiency Test.

He disclosed that 114 beneficiaries were qualified to participate in the EBMT in this first round, explaining that the topics would be taken by seasoned resource persons to adequately prepare them to face the world of business and entrepreneurship.

On his part, the Executive Assistant to the Governor on Youth Monitoring and Mentoring, Mr. Eddy Mekwunye, in his lecture titled “Mentorship for Start-Ups,” said the state government deemed it wise to establish the Directorate of Youth Monitoring and Mentoring (DYMM) to ensure that beneficiaries became successful and were able to sustain their businesses.

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While assuring them of continued monitoring after establishment with starter packs, he informed them that DYMM would organize a mentorship programme to guide them, while in business.

He charged them to display the right attitude of good character at all times and to make good use of the opportunity provided for them by the Governor Ifeanyi Okowa-led administration to improve their livelihood.

The lectures included,” Instruction on Principles and Guides to Start a Business,” “Mentorship of Start-Ups” and “Business Planning Clinic.