ILO, ITCILO and Google Support Women Entrepreneurs in South-East Asia with Digital and Technical Trainings

ILO’s Rebuilding Better: Fostering Business Resilience Post-COVID-19 Project announces the expansion of its initiative. The project, which aims to support women entrepreneurs in Thailand, Malaysia and the Philippines to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and adopt more sustainable and resilient business models, works to strengthen women entrepreneurs’ access to vital support services. 

Three new training programmes, which were developed jointly by the International Training Center of the ILO (ITCILO) and Google under a new partnership, are now available to women entrepreneurs who are seeking new skills for their business and personal growth. The new training programmes are available in the Google Primer learning app as free, quick, and easy-to-understand lessons on how to manage business, strengthen its online presence, and create a more supportive workplace in English as well as Thai language. At least 2,000 women entrepreneurs who are looking to optimize their online presence are the first beneficiaries of the innovative new pilot to deliver digital training via Google Primer under the Rebuilding Better Project. 

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The project, which leverages the ILO’s experience supporting Micro, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (MSMES) globally, as well as Google’s extensive online learning and technology capacity, comes as a very timely support to women entrepreneurs who have been hard hit by the COVID-19 crisis.

“We are honoured to collaborate with the ILO to support women entrepreneurs in Southeast Asia, especially those who have been hit hardest by the pandemic. Through this collaboration and our free Google Primer app, we hope more entrepreneurs in the region will be able to learn new skills, grow and expand their businesses both locally and internationally”, says Ryan Rahardjo, Head of Public Affairs, Southeast Asia, at Google. 

“The ILO has worked for over 30 years to support SMEs to start, grow and sustain their businesses and we always strive to seek new and innovative methods and partnerships to deliver impactful solutions. The partnership with Google is a prime example of a collaboration that is enabling us to leverage our own strengths while also benefiting from our partner’s extensive online learning and technology capacity” says Dragan Radic, Head of SME Unit, Enterprises Department, ILO.

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