Employers consistently report that they need entrants to the workforce with better core, people, soft or life skills.  However an absence of technical knowledge is also seen as a crucial barrier to employment across the world. We will discuss what types and levels of skills we need to give young people to thrive in an interconnected world and ask should employers and educators be more realistic about the level of skill that most young people will be able to attain.

Embedding entrepreneurship in a university curriculum requires innovative approaches to learning and assessment. It also needs to encompass diverse elements such as start-ups and deal with appropriate intervention from government.

This wide ranging session will bring together a range of elements of entrepreneurship development in HE, giving participants both a broad range of perspectives to consider, and practical examples of opportunities and problems.

Questions explored include:

  • How do different classifications of skills (technical, academic, core etc) serve different purposes?
  • Do we expect too much of our learners and to what extent should education institutions consider broader responsibilities towards communities?
  • What is the role of the humanities in the 21st century?

Participants will gather examples of good practice and be given space to consider some of the challenges and solutions associated with shaping curricula and courses. Particular consideration will be given to the impact of different types of learning on employers, learners and societies.