Schools and parents need to be more pro-active in encouraging children to become entrepreneurs, argues George Freeman, the entrepreneurs’ MP in Westminster.
If we are to unlock the enterprise revolution we need, and the UK is to have a workforce that can take on the world, we need to radically reassess what we teach our children.
After an unsustainable decade of “Cool Brittannia” celebrity culture, cheap credit fuelled consumerism and mass university enrollment, we’re going to need to help the next generation prepare for a new reality.
To cope with that new reality, our school leavers will need to have a more entrepreneurial mindset, have better basic education and more practical technological and “life” skills, and be expecting to be entrepreneurial in building a portfolio career rather than expect a job for life.
It’s a big challenge. But one we should be getting our youngsters excited about. The government has a key role to play in the school curriculum, in the framework for Higher and Further Education, and in apprenticeships and vocational training.
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