Entrepreneurship Programme Launched in Kalmykia, Russian Federation

The ILO supports the Ministry of Social Development, Labour and Employment of the Republic of Kalmykia in building capacities of its staff all over the Republic to deliver entrepreneurship training to the job seekers in all the employment centers across Kalmykia. For that purpose, the ILO implements its «Start and Improve Your Business» (SIYB) programme, the largest entrepreneurship-training programme of its kind; present in more than 100 countries around the world and having generated more than 9 million jobs.

News | 27 June 2017

The Republic of Kalmykia is one of the target regions of the Russian Federation within the ILO Project “Partnerships for Youth Employment in the CIS” implemented by the ILO Moscow team with support of the “LUKOIL” Oil Company.

With the ILO support, three youth employment partnerships have been established in Kalmykia involving regional authorities, social partners, private companies and educational institutions. This mechanism allows consultations and discussions among various actors who put together their strengths and comparative advantages to address in practical terms the issue of quantity and quality of youth employment in the region.

“The Republic of Kalmykia is mostly a rural region where there is a need to promote entrepreneurship, especially among youth, as entrepreneurship plays a key role in achieving job-intensive economic growth in the region”, - says Elza Nakhatinova, Deputy Minister of Social Development, Labour and Employment of the Republic of Kalmykia.

Through the implementation of a Training of Trainers (ToT), the staff of the Public Employment Service acquire the knowledge and tools to work with young job-seekers as part of a pilot phase. Throughout the SIYB training process, the ILO will provide permanent technical support to both the Public Employment Service, the new trainers and the new young entrepreneurs. The programme will be monitored and assessed, and key inputs will be provided to scale-up the programme and fine-tune the design and implementation of employment policies, particularly those related to self-employment and entrepreneurship promotion.