Firstly Brexit and now Covid-19 the last year has been one of dramatic uncertainty. It is likely that this current pandemic will have a profound effect on us all not only from an economic perspective but from societal and cultural perspective also. We are very quickly learning that the need for skills such as creativity and adaptability are becoming the norm rather than the exception. Issues around panic buying and the inability or unwillingness to engage in social distancing is proving that we, as a society, are finding it significantly challenging to adapt to business “unusual”.
We are beginning to understand why we need enterprising individuals. yes. enterprising individuals do start businesses but we all have an obligation to have a positive impact on a world that is constantly changing and increasing in its speed of change.
Enterprise education, transferable and life skills are therefore becoming ever more important. For us as educators this means the the responsibility we have for shaping young people into individuals that make a difference is becoming more profound. How we do this is even more critical especially in these uncertain times. As educators we need to make the application of these skills more of a priority thereby equipping our future generations to deal with challenging situations in a more enterprising way.
Dave Bolton, Director of EEUK and Director of Enterprise and Employability and Programme Director, Swansea School of Management