Entrepreneurial Skills for the 21st Century Workplace: The SME Sector
Graduates’ employability is based on skills and by extension, workers. Due to high levels of unemployment among young people, entrepreneurial skills for graduates and the workforce becomes an imperative to scholars and policy makers trying to tackle unemployment issues by providing students with skills, and competences that fulfill the needs of a very competitive labor market (Pereira, Vilas-Boas & Rebelo, 2016). To encourage collaboration & educational innovation, to promote entrepreneurship education, and to improve university technology and knowledge transfer to industry and society, several initiatives were developed. This paper discusses some of those initiatives and contributes to the skills discourse by proposing strategies to empower, structure, and improve innovative curriculum and workplace. Some skills shortages identified for the 21st century workplace are: learning & innovation skills, listening & communication skills, career & life skills, self- reliance & social skills.
Presented by: Mauvalyn Bowen, Bethel University