The HE partners in the consortium wish to address the difficulties their graduates face when seeking their first job, as employers tend to demand prior experience.
Facilitating entrepreneurial skills in existing students by encouraging them to evaluate the potential of their institution’s research for implementation in industry will give HE students a legitimate reason to work with industry before being employed.
Similarly, in industry, participation in the proposed online training will give employees a reason to find out about innovative practices in their organisation and relevant research and will encourage intrapreneurial activity.
Entrepreneurial ability is closely linked to the personality, cannot be taught in the traditional sense, but can be developed through training.
FLITE project will address the following 2 factors:
- HE graduates need more than just their degree to access employment. Their future employers across all sectors ask for and need greater capacity for entrepreneurial thinking and also experience in cooperation both at a distance and across cultural boundaries.
- The potential for knowledge transfer between HE and industry needs to be improved.
The main aim of the project will be to develop a training which enhances entrepreneurial skills at the same time as it promotes knowledge transfer between industry and HE. This is to address two problems commonly identified.
New graduates tend not to have sufficient workplace skills as far as employers are concerned.
More needs to be done to facilitate knowledge transfer between industry and HE.