Cooperation between education system and labour market is too weak, shows new international research
The majority of teachers, parents and business people report that institutional cooperation between the formal education system and the labour market is weak.
In a study concerning the drivers and hindrances of entrepreneurship education (EE) across five European countries, a majority of teachers, parents and business people reported that institutional cooperation between the formal education system and the labour market is weak. The majority of business people highlighted that schools do too little to ensure access to business people and entrepreneurs who can provide training and support in EE, but also admitted that most business people and entrepreneurs do not have enough time to engage in EE. The majority of teachers reported that most teachers have inadequate competence in EE. They would like more cooperation with business people and entrepreneurs, but recognise that such people are seldom available as volunteers for training and support.
Even though most teachers and business people in the study had not themselves worked with EE, they profess to believe in its importance. But to improve EE, we must first improve on cooperation between the education system and labour market, as between business volunteers and teachers. Both sides have a lot to offer each other. Let us make it happen.
The Innovation Clusters for Entrepreneurship Education (ICEE) is a three-year research project/policy experiment in 25 European schools. It analyses drivers and hindrances related to reaching the European goal of offering every young person a practical entrepreneurial experience before leaving compulsory education (Entrepreneurship 2020 Action Plan).