First developed in the 1980s, SIYB has evolved over the years. However, new trends and challenges influence the way support services are delivered to entrepreneurs and small enterprises. Furthermore, the question arises on how to use technology to better serve enterprises and how to help entrepreneurs to develop necessary digital skills in an increasingly digital world of work. The needs of greening enterprises and social enterprises are urgent to achieve sustainable development. Therefore, to reflect these modern thinking and adapt to different contexts, target groups and new challenges, SIYB manuals were revised in 2015 and the online platform “Gateway” was developed as a monitoring system for SIYB implementation.
When the ILO launched its SIYB program in China in 2000, the sustainable implementation of the entrepreneurship training program was of central importance…In China, the timing was right and the soil was so fertile that the SIYB seed planted by the ILO 19 years ago has grown into a mature and beautiful tree full of juicy fruits."Dragan Radic, Head of Small Enterprises, Enterprises of the ILO
The training gathered 35 key Master Trainers, representatives of partner institutions in China, and ILO specialists in SIYB, as well as ILO officials from both headquarters and Beijing office to discuss new SIYB tools, adaptations, and global trends. Moreover, it reinforced the capacity of Master Trainers on the technical content of SIYB to ensure continuous high-quality training delivery. The workshop also strengthened dialogue between the ILO and its partners on SIYB delivery and provided a platform to discuss further cooperation in China in the future.