Business sector wants to be involved in education & schools want to collaborate with businesses: Let us make it happen!
In surveys to teachers and business people, both groups report that business people and entrepreneurs have adequate competence in entrepreneurship education (EE). And business people want to be more involved in EE.
In a study about the drivers and hindrances of entrepreneurship education (EE) in five European countries, the majority of teachers, parents and business people report that institutional cooperation between the formal education system and the labour market is weak. The majority of business people pinpointed that schools do too little to ensure access to business people and entrepreneurs who can provide training and support in EE. At the same time, more than half of the teachers argued that business people and entrepreneurs 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 report belief in the importance of EE. Both teachers and business people in the survey agree that business people and entrepreneurs have adequate competence in EE, whilst most teachers are less competent. Thus, it seems that business people and entrepreneurs have a lot to offer schools and wants to be involved in EE. 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).