LEED Programme (Local Economic and Employment Development)

Skills and competences for entrepreneurship


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Entrepreneurship in education: What, Why, When, How

This paper aims to clarify some basic tenets of entrepreneurship in education, focusing on what it is, why it is relevant to society, when it is applied or not and how to do it in practice. The intended audience of this paper is practitioners in educational institutions, and the basis of this clarification attempt consists primarily of existing research in the domains of entrepreneurship, education, psychology and philosophy. Where research is scarce the author of this paper will attempt to give some guidance based on own conducted research.

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For the last decade, LEED has been providing advice and guidance to national and local governments, education institutions, and other key stakeholders of local economic and employment development on how to develop and sustain a systematic approach that is effective in mobilising young people for entrepreneurial careers, developing the necessary competences and skills, and providing targeted business start-up and growth support.

Why Peer-reviews are so important in promoting entrepreneurship ?

LEED undertakes peer-reviews on entrepreneurial universities and VET institutions. In association with the self-assessment support, LEED offers detailed peer-reviews in selected countries or regions that provide an assessment of national and local frameworks.


Promoting entrepreneurship in higher education

Through in-depth collaboration with higher education institutions, ministries of education, science and research, and key local stakeholders in more than 30 local economies across and beyond the OECD area, LEED developed a list of good practice criteria, whose aim is to support universities in their challenging task to enhance students and graduates to "make use" of their enormous potential for innovation.


Reports, Handbooks and Books

A number of country reports have been released, which focus on the effective implementation of skills for entrepreneurship.

‌Supporting entrepreneurship in the vocational training system in Tunisia




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Capacity Building seminars and study visits

A number of capacity building seminars, study visits and workshops have been organised, which focus on the effective implementation of skills for entrepreneurship.



For further information about the project please contact Jonathan PotterAndrea-Rosalinde Hofer, Joseph Tixier or David halabiskat the OECD Secretariat.


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