A good business-education partnership for entrepreneurship education has to be…
- Entrepreneurship Friendly: has to be easily accessible for individual entrepreneurs/business organisations, while at the same time be easy for students and teachers to engage with to obtain inputs from entrepreneurs and businesses.
- Teacher Friendly: from the teachers’ perspective, it is important that the establishment of a school-business partnership should offer them the possibility for professional skills development. Besides interaction with the business community in a school environment (e.g. mentoring teachers, school visits), the partnerships can also encourage teachers to experience the entrepreneurial world and its challenges (e.g. through company visits, in-company internships, etc.), in order for them to gain a better understanding of the skills needed and translate them into their teaching.
- STEM friendly: entrepreneurship education activities should be transversal, able to integrate in all subjects and support other skills programmes in school (digital, STEM).
- Starter Friendly: low barriers to entry and low time commitment is key from both the school and business perspectives. NGOs can play an important supporting role, acting as a facilitator between the two organisations.
- Scalable: a good practice in terms of business-education partnership has to be easily replicated (given funding).