Governments across the world are working to close the gap between education and the workplace, enabling citizens to progress from one to the other, support economic growth, navigate changes to work practices and lead fulfilling lives. One common approach is to introduce enterprise and entrepreneurship education into the school, college and university experiences of young people as a means to better prepare them for adulthood and work.
In England, enterprise and entrepreneurship education is experiencing a period of significant change within a difficult context of austerity, high unemployment and low growth. Over the last year, expectations of schools, national support organisations and the funding mechanisms underpinning the vision first set out in the 2002 Davies Report have all changed radically.
It is time to take stock of what we know about this topic, both in this country and internationally, and to engage in a new debate over its future within a new context. This joint research project, led by the Pearson Think Tank and the Education and Employers Taskforce, addresses three fundamental questions:
- What is enterprise and entrepreneurship education?
- What impact does it have?
- How should it be delivered?