Following an evaluation by Carnegie UK in 2014 the publication “The Welsh Dragon” the success of enterprise education in Swansea and in Wales, they state that the delivery themes of the Youth Enterprise Strategy has proven to have an impact on students attitudes and skills and ultimately, the number of start ups in Wale. The case studies they looked at offer valuable lessons to enterprise policy makers in other parts of the UK who aspire to develop enterprise minds.
Success factors of the good practice:
- Policy background: Wales has had a strong national strategic framework promoting entrepreneurship education and youth entrepreneurship for over 10 years.
- Individual driver: the BEES initiative was launched with all partners playing their part in driving the enterprise agenda. Many of the initiatives were driven by one committed individual (Sue Poole of Gower College Swansea), developing projects with young people aged 5 – 25 before it gained a momentum of its own.
- Local expertise: Swansea had has a strong entrepreneurship education institution in the community (Gower College and the 2 local Universities) which provided the necessary expertise.
- Local funding: the local authority, large and small businesses support with sponsorship funding and in kind support to enable these initiatives to take place.