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A University Training Programme for Acquiring Entrepreneurial and Transversal Employability Skills: A Students’ Assessment

Version 1 : Received: 20 December 2019 / Approved: 22 December 2019 / Online: 22 December 2019 (02:05:11 CET)

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Laguna-Sánchez, P.; Abad, P.; de la Fuente-Cabrero, C.; Calero, R. A University Training Programme for Acquiring Entrepreneurial and Transversal Employability Skills, a Students’ Assessment. Sustainability 2020, 12, 796. Laguna-Sánchez, P.; Abad, P.; de la Fuente-Cabrero, C.; Calero, R. A University Training Programme for Acquiring Entrepreneurial and Transversal Employability Skills, a Students’ Assessment. Sustainability 2020, 12, 796.

Journal reference: Sustainability 2020, 12, 796
DOI: 10.3390/su12030796

Abstract

The objective of this paper is to analyze students’ assessments of the attainment of skills acquired by university graduates enrolled in a Training Programme (TP) to develop entrepreneurial skills and transversal employability competencies. Both of which are vital for the success of today's societies and play an important role in the sustainable development agenda. The TP was a twelve-week programme with six modules combining entrepreneurship training and traditional teaching methods. There were nine editions and 148 students worked in teams preparing business plans to present to consultants and potential investors. The Focal Group method was used to identify competencies and a survey was designed to identify the level to which skills were attained. The results suggest that the students attained both types of skills, acquiring a higher level of proficiency in entrepreneurial skills and those transversal competencies most connected to entrepreneurship. Additionally, different levels of attainment of entrepreneurial skills were found in different groups. We provide new evidence that TPs, as compulsory subjects in the core curriculum of degree programmes, will help accomplish both objectives: the acquisition of entrepreneurial skills and generic university educational competencies. The overall outcome of this research highlights the value added by the TPs.

Subject Areas

sustainable development agenda; higher education; employability competencies; entrepreneurial skills training

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