Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands, June 1st, 2023 – On Monday, May 15th, 2023, Invest Turks and Caicos’ Business Support Unit launched; its pilot, one-year partnership with Udemy Business to provide comprehensive e-learning training to entrepreneurs and business owners across the Turks and Caicos Islands.
Launched in 2009, Udemy is one of the world’s leading e-learning providers. Its course catalogue is vast and varied, and the company boasts that 80% of Fortune 100 companies trust it for employee upskilling, including FenderⓇ, Glassdoor, On24, The World Bank and Volkswagen. It offers quality, controlled online courses on its platform. It has 57 million registered users, 74 thousand instructors, and offers over 213,000 courses. Udemy is an all-around provider, offering courses in professional and personal development.
The e-learning platform delivers a tailored virtual learning experience, with three hundred courses designed to address the skill gap challenges faced by many entrepreneurs. The platform offers hard skills training on core business courses such as Business Planning, Marketing, Financial Management, Project Management and Entrepreneurship. Additionally, the training includes soft skills training, such as Leadership, Customer Service, Emotional Intelligence, Communication and Negotiation.
MSME Programme recipients will be required to participate in the training as part of the recent amendments made by Cabinet to the programme in January 2023. Businesses that are clients of the newly formed Business Support Unit can also register to participate in the free, comprehensive e-learning platform.
Commenting on the partnership, CEO of Invest Turks and Caicos, Angela Musgrove, stated, “Invest Turks and Caicos is continuously working to expand its support to the small business community, to facilitate capacity building of our entrepreneurs and exploit the growth potential of our small businesses. Having online access to a training platform, accessible at their convenience, provides another opportunity for small business owners to reach the standard of excellence we know they are capable of.”
Director of the Business Support Unit, Anissa Adderley, highlighted, “We are delighted to partner with Udemy Business to deliver this comprehensive e-learning ecosystem to businesses in the TCI. We have spent considerable time researching to find the best e-learning provider; suitable to address the needs of our entrepreneurs and business owners. We are confident that businesses who actively engage in the training will sharpen their skills and gain the knowledge needed to manage their enterprises better. Our goal is to educate, empower and inspire entrepreneurs and businesses to maximize their potential and create resilient, sustainable enterprises that will accelerate economic growth.”
Cody Crnkovich, Vice President of Partners & Business Development at Udemy, commented, “We are thrilled to be working with Invest Turks and Caicos to bring inclusive and effective skills development opportunities to entrepreneurs and business owners in the Turks and Caicos Islands. We understand the importance of offering accessible and high-quality education that equips individuals with the essential and emerging skills needed to thrive in today’s dynamic business landscape. This partnership reflects our commitment to empower businesses to unleash their maximum potential and actively contribute to the region’s economic growth.”
Businesses are invited to contact the Business Support Unit at (649) 338-4787 or via firstname.lastname@example.org to register for the virtual training.
About Invest Turks and Caicos
Invest Turks and Caicos is the Islands’ Investment Promotion Agency, responsible for enhancing the economy through the attraction, growth and retention of overseas investment; and supporting the growth of local businesses.
We provide a free and confidential service to overseas businesses looking to expand and will work with a company project team throughout the investment process, providing advice and support. This can include:
– Information on the local business climate;
– facilitating contact with relevant Government Departments throughout the investment process;
– advice on Government incentives and concessions to investors;
– introductions to local service providers/suppliers;
– advice on work permits and permanent residency procedures;
– ongoing support following set up.
We also work actively to support the growth of local businesses, including the management and delivery of the Micro Small and Medium Enterprise programme which provides concessions and reliefs to locally owned businesses.