Bakcell, The First Mobile Operator and The Leading Mobile Internet Provider of Azerbaijan has allocated funds for implementation of business ideas of young persons, who were brought up under the care of the “SOS Children’s Villages Azerbaijan” Association and graduated from other boarding schools and residential care facilities. Thanks to this support, 3 young persons have gained a great opportunity to establish their own small business.
The selected young entrepreneurs are beneficiaries of the “Youth Career and Development Center” project, implemented by the “SOS Children’s Villages Azerbaijan” Association with support of Bakcell.
“For many years now Bakcell provides its support to children with a need for special care, within the frames of the company’s Corporative Social Responsibility program. It is very important for these children to be educated, improve their skills and be able to start a business in the future. The cooperation between Bakcell and the “SOS children’s Villages” has started a long time ago and we are very pleased to see this cooperation ongoing and reaching the stage when we are starting to provide our support to young persons in starting their own business”, says Bakcell CEO Nikolai Beckers.
During the first stage of the project, implemented last year, 15 young persons have participated in the “Start and improve your own business” training program. Six of them have prepared business plans for their ideas and the projects were evaluated the Evaluation Committee, composed of the experts from Bakcell, “SOS Children’s Villages Azerbaijan” Association and the “International Labour Organization” (ILO). Thus, it was decided that Bakcell will finance 3 successful business projects, which have demonstrated the best results. The selected projects are “Floristika” flower shop, “Pastry shop” and the “Tea House”.
The experts have helped the young entrepreneurs to prepare their business plans. The main focus during the evaluation was on such factors as the business plan preparation, feasibility of the idea in real market conditions, experience and social status of the applicant and etc.
Azer Veliyev (name is conditional) has worked for some time at a tea-house as a waiter and tea-room worker. He knows the details of the work and his business plan was correctly composed.
Vasif Mammadov (name is conditional) used to work as an assistant at a florist’s. He’s been in the flower business for 7 years now and wishes to open his own flower shop. His business plan is outstanding.
Aydan Aliyeva (name is conditional) has worked as an assistant at a pastry shop for several years now. She knows how to make many types of confectionaries.
The “Youth Career and Development Center” project is being implemented in Baku by the “SOS Children’s Villages Azerbaijan” Association Public Union with the financial support of Bakcell as of January 2016. Within the frames of this project, tens of young participants have been provided with trainings on such topics as interview skills, CV composition, career development, accounting, “the main skills for becoming an active member of the trade market and professional orientation” and etc., held at the center supplied with all the necessary equipment. During the training sessions, the young participants have gained initial knowledge and skills related to career planning, finding vacancies and establishing relations with the employers, and basic IT skills needed for exploring job opportunities. “Start and improve your business” trainings, organized by the International Labor Organization (ILO) within the frames of this project, are being delivered by the international Master trainers and experts of the ILO.
Starting from the year 2009, Bakcell is providing its support to children and teenagers deprived from parental care and children from economically disadvantaged families, within the frames of cooperation with the “SOS Children’s Villages Azerbaijan” Association.
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