Increasingly, the global economy demands that young people enter the workforce not only with a college degree, but also with a set of transferrable, entrepreneurial skills and attitudes that can help them succeed in almost any job or industry. This includes the ability to take initiative and think on your feet, to critically solve problems, and to communicate effectively. Learning these and other skills that are part of the entrepreneurial mindset is central to becoming career-ready.
‘Enterprise’ has increasingly become part of the United Kingdom’s political grammar and efforts to develop entrepreneurial traits and activities in young people have been a key strand of this policy focus. As the 2008 economic recession saw a curtailed youth labour market, enterprise emerged as an appealing policy ‘solution’ to youth unemployment. Traditional measures of enterprise chart the numbers of new businesses and their survival rates.
In this qualitative case study, the perceived impacts of workshops and internships provided by a Hong Kong-based non-governmental organization (NGO) working to improve the lives of disadvantaged youth were explored and descriptively presented. Data were derived from a combination of individual youth and teacher interviews, coupled with a youth focus group. Themes within the findings were developed by exploring individual perceptions of the influence that participation in workshops and internships had on reducing social barriers and addressing social issues for the youth.
Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), EY-Parthenon
Increasingly, the economy is demanding that youth adopt an entrepreneurial mindset to earn a living. Unfortunately, today's schools are ill equipped to provide the training in the behavioral skills that comprise this mindset, like opportunity recognition, critical problem solving and communication.
Join us at the YES Forum to learn more about youth entrepreneurship policies, improving access to finance for young entrepreneurs and facilitating access to markets. The two-day programme will include plenary sessions, inspirational talks, a marketplace for key actors, and a pitching competition for young entrepreneurs. The YES Forum is a featured event of the Global Entrepreneurship Week and is jointly organized by the ILO, ITC, UNCDF, UNCTAD and UNIDO under the aegis of the Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth.