PH SMEs urged to access learning platform to grow businesses

Filipino small and medium enterprises (SMEs) can access a learning platform in which the world’s top companies and learning providers share their knowledge on ways to grow their businesses.

Upgraded ASEAN SME Academy (Academy), a self-help and self-paced free online learning tool for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), offers over 110 courses from 21 top United States companies.

“The Academy contains business information that is particularly relevant for regional SMEs, providing access to a curated directory of service providers to whom they can reach out for financial advice, corporate programs, and networking,” it said.

These are in areas such as finance and accounting, management, marketing, operations, technology, and trade and logistics.

The core of the Academy is a series of training materials for SMEs from Fortune 500 companies while it incorporates those focused on SMEs from regional firms and international organizations.

“This curated set of courses is part of a larger program to provide training and mentorship to enhance ASEAN SME’s access to financial products, regional and international markets, information and advisory services, and technology and innovation,” it added.

It also provides a calendar of events to give users more information about training from the business alliance and business development services in the region.

Users of the Academy will develop a user profile when first logging on to facilitate users’ access to materials specific to their industry and links to existing business support.

The information and resources will be selectively translated into the local languages to expand the group of firms that can benefit from the Academy.

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