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Industrial Training Development Project (IDTP)

The Industrial Development Training Project (IDTP) was established to support small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the 14 Forum Island Countries1 (FICs) through short-term training attachments and advisory services preferably within the Pacific to address the capacity building needs of the region’s SMEs.
 

Objective

 
To facilitate the development of SMEs within the FICs through technical advisory services and/or practical hands-on training attachments thus increasing the Pacific’s skills set, operational and technological capacities via improved product development thus enhancing competitiveness of the region’s private sector. These would be consistent with PIPSO’s vision of the Pacific as a region of opportunities for all people to grow and prosper.
 

Type of Assistance

IDTP offers a maximum grant of FJD$5,000.00 per company per year on a cost-sharing basis to cover economy class return fares and training fees. This grant is to facilitate the following engagements:
a) Engagement of expert/s to provide advisory services and training assistance to SME; and,
b) Short-term hands-on training attachment for key personnel with more established SMEs or relevant institutions
 

Duration

The duration of training attachments and advisory services under IDTP would be up to two (2) weeks.
 

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for the IDTP funding, a business/enterprise must meet each of the following conditions:
 
  • Must be registered and conducting business in one of the fourteen (14) Forum Island Countries
  • Must be a member of their respective National Private Sector Organization. The NPSO should be a regular member of PIPSO and their membership subscriptions have been paid for the current financial year. A list of NPSO’s and their contacts can be obtained by contacting PIPSO secretariat.
  • Has been trading for not less than twelve (12) months; and
  • Has not been assisted under the IDTP/MSF within 24 months from the time of the current application, i.e. applicants can only reapply after a period of two (2) years from when they were first assisted.

Funding Requests


All IDTP funding are distributed on a first-come-first serve basis. Applicants are required to fill out the application and forward to your National Private Sector Organization (NPSO) for endorsement. Application form is available from PIPSO website or from the PIPSO Secretariat. Endorsed application is to be sent to the Pacific Islands Private Sector Organization (PIPSO) Office in Suva, Fiji or via this email address info@pipso.org.fj  Requests must be submitted to PIPSO Secretariat at least one (1) month before the commencement of the activity.

NPSO representatives vetting the application must declare if there is a ‘conflict of interest’ on their part regarding any vetted application.

Post Project Report

Upon completion of the project, the applicant is required to submit a comprehensive report to PIPSO Secretariat within two weeks after the industrial training attachment or the expert(s) training. Training fees receipts should be submitted together with report. Click HERE to download the format of the post-project report.


The applicant is required to carry-out some in-house training/workshops within a week of returning from IDTP-assisted hands-on training. Where possible, applicants are encouraged to share their knowledge on national level through workshops with the help of their NPSO.
 

Information/Contact


Latest changes on the Industry Training Development Project guidelines will be available at the following contacts.

a) Contact the NPSO Office in your country, or;

b) Pacific Islands Private Sector Organization (PIPSO) Secretariat,
P. O Box U30, Suva, Fiji, Fax (679) 3220293, Phone (679) 3312600,
E-mail: info@pipso.org.fj  Website: www.pipso.org