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03 May 2016

How do we create the entrepreneurs of the future?

Business Owner helping children at computers

How do we boost young people’s skills and confidence and create the entrepreneurs of the future?

We’re campaigning for every Scottish school to offer specialist courses which teach pupils about running their own business. These classes (sometimes called enterprise education) provide a range of benefits for young people and the wider community, with research from the Carnegie Trust  finding that pupils who take part in enterprise programmes: 

  • Are more entrepreneurial and more likely to start a business
  • Think in more enterprising ways about their future
  • Have a better idea of life after education and are better informed about possible career choices
  • Are bettered equipped for the world of work

A study by the European Commission even found that 28% of those that took part in enterprise education wanted to start a business and become an entrepreneur.

Unfortunately, not all pupils currently get the opportunity to participate in enterprise education – some schools offer programmes through Young Enterprise Scotland or Bad Idea while others do not.

The good news is that several parties in their manifestos for the Scottish Parliament elections have vowed to build on the initial success of Scotland’s Enterprising Schools and deliver enterprise education to all school pupils.