Michael Mercieca, CEO Young Enterprise UK
Both in the UK and across Europe, employment levels have slowly been climbing since the peak of the economic crash. The UK’s Office for National Statistics, which measures employment and unemployment rates, has the latter at 5.4% for adults aged 16-64 from June to August 2015, which compares favorably to the 2011 peak of 8.4%. Youth unemployment, despite being nearly triple the headline rate at 15.9%, has also fallen from its 2011 peak of 22.5%.
Michaela ŠOJDROVÁ, MEP and rapporteur of the EP report: ‘Promoting youth entrepreneurship through education and training’
On 8 September, the European Parliament adopted the Culture & Education Committee report ‘Promoting youth entrepreneurship through education and training’ calling for education systems to include aspects of entrepreneurship in the curricula at all levels and inviting the European Commission to support and coordinate this process, notably through the Erasmus+ Programme.
Juergen Siebel, Head of International Business, Siemens Professional Education
The European Commission has said that every young person should have a practical entrepreneurial experience before they finish school. As entrepreneurship education is yet to be embedded in the national education strategy of each member nation we need to look at teachers as important crusaders for this important objective.
Thomas Farnell, Entrepreneurial Learning Expert, South East European Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning (SEECEL)
Despite significant political, economic and social challenges, the EU’s pre-accession countries of South East Europe (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Kosovo*, Montenegro and Serbia) and Turkey have begun to address entrepreneurship education systematically, including through regional cooperation and peer learning. And some countries are already achieving inspiring results.
Martina DLABAJOVÁ, Member of the European Parliament
Many people might think that entrepreneurship is only about setting up one's own company. This is not so much the truth. It is also about the citizen's mind-set to act actively in an ever changing world which beside opportunities brings also many threats. Of course, we all are not meant to be entrepreneurs, but we need to acquire an entrepreneurial spirit, an entrepreneurial attitude towards crucial choices in our lives.