10.0 Training – business management and technical skills: Support for Growth-oriented Women Entrepreneurs in Tanzania, 2005

Findings from research on women entrepreneurs in Tanzania and interviews with

key informants indicate that women tend to have low levels of business and technical

skills, and often do not value the importance of business training. Both the necessity of

taking time away from their enterprises and the cost of training are seen as prohibitive

factors. Yet clearly, training and skills development are necessary. Growth-oriented

women in the ILO (2003) study stated that “skills, competencies and training I had prior”

to starting the business played a critical role in facilitating the start-up (indicated by 21.1

per cent of the respondents).

There are three ways in which women can receive training in

entrepreneurship/business management. The first is through exposure within the

education system; the second is through pre-start-up technical training, and the third is by

taking training during various phases of developing and expanding their enterprise.

Accessibility and availability of training for women in each of these areas is deficient.


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