Danes Put Young People on Path of Entrepreneurship

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Danes Put Young People on Path of Entrepreneurship


Byline: Dylan Jones-Evans

AS many studies have shown, one of the most important factors in developing a more entrepreneurial economy is the integration of enterprise into the curriculum of schools, colleges and universities.

One of the best examples of how this has worked well internationally is to be found in Denmark where, during the last decade, the Danish government has developed a range of initiatives to strengthen entrepreneurship education across the country.

As a result, entrepreneurship is in the process of being fully integrated into teaching in the Danish education system with positive results in a number of areas. For example, pupils who have participated in entrepreneurship education in Denmark have higher ambitions for jobs and education than non-participants, and entrepreneurship education has a positive effect on pupils' intentions to start up their own business. It also helps pupils to relate better to school and education, feel connected to their classmates and supported by their teachers. Policymakers in Denmark have also now established a more coherent policy towards entrepreneurship education through the establishment of a 'Strategy for Education and Training in Entrepreneurship'.

This has ensured strategic direction and support for entrepreneurship training at all educational levels and is the first time there has been a coherent national approach in funding and supporting entrepreneurship within the educational system.

As a result, it has provided an overall strategic approach to enterprise education, with the government setting objectives to ensure enterprise education is integrated fully into Denmark's education system. There is also collaboration across the different parts of Danish Government.

Most importantly, rather than having separate actors working in different parts of the enterprise education field in Denmark, all activities will be brought together under a single organisation, namely the Foundation for Entrepreneurship. This has created a player of sufficient size to drive development forward, build up knowledge and create continuity between the work done at every level of the education system.

In Wales, the primary vehicle for the development of enterprise education is YES (the Youth A critical part vibrant entrepreneurial is a strong enterprise from primary universities Entrepreneurship Strategy), which is managed in-house within the Welsh Government. …

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