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Entrepreneurship case studies

Outstanding Entrepreneurship in Learning and Skills cannot teach entrepreneurship without living entrepreneurially. Most people perceive that relative to students and how they live, but the institutions comprising further education cannot teach entrepreneurial skills effectively unless they, too, become entrepreneurial.

(Foreword by Leonard A Schlesinger, President, Babson – Enterprising Futures: the changing landscape and new possibilities for further education - Gazelle Global, March 2012)

("The Gazelle group ... is exclusively focused on building a recognisable cluster of Entrepreneurial Colleges within the next five years. Gazelle combines the exceptional experience of entrepreneurs who have succeeded in business with leaders in the further education and wider public sector. We believe that in the current economic global climate it is vital to foster a new generation of social and commercial entrepreneurs; entrepreneurs who can add value to communities, bring innovation to existing businesses and who can create their own employment with confidence and ambition ... The Gazelle Principals Group is committed to transforming curricula to encourage an entrepreneurial mindset in their students; a mindset that will serve employers well and increase opportunities for all.")

This suite of case studies looks at 6 providers that have already embedded entrepreneurial activities into the fabric of their institution. They were all nominated for the TES FE Award in 2011 for Outstanding Entrepreneurship in Learning and Skills. The case studies follow the criteria for the Award and, therefore, explore how they have:

  • instilled enterprise and entrepreneurship throughout their organisations;
  • developed enterprise within the curriculum  and how staff and students have become more entrepreneurial; and
  • developed enterprising approaches to business development and to income generation from a range of sources

The case studies do not attempt to capture the totality of each organisation’s approach to entrepreneurship. Selective insights have been chosen to capture distinctive features of the approach of each of the organisations.

The six case studies can be downloaded using the links below: