Sustainable enterprise and entrepreneurship education for Scotland

The Scottish Programme for Entrepreneurship (SPE), which is funded by the Scottish Government, represents a £1.03 million investment into the development of entrepreneurship education.  

The University of Aberdeen has responsibility to support entrepreneurial education in schools, colleges and universities including teacher education and development.  At the University of Aberdeen, the SPE programme is a partnership between the Business School and the School of Education.

The vision is to develop sustainable enterprise and entrepreneurship education for Scotland, across all sectors, primary, secondary and tertiary (colleges and universities), in a manner that strengthens, rather than competes with, existing provision of enterprise opportunities for learners.  We aim to:-

  • Deliver Continuous Professional Development (CPD) opportunities to support entrepreneurship education in colleges and schools
  • Embed Enterprise and Entrepreneurship into the undergraduate BEd degree
  • Develop accredited professional development programmes at PGCert, PGDip and Masters levels
  • Support teachers and educators, across all curriculum subjects, to increase their confidence and competence to deliver Enterprise and Entrepreneurship skills capacity building in the classroom
  • Build a resource of foundational concepts and processes to support the facilitation of entrepreneurship and enterprise skills at all levels of education

The SPE seeks to create, identify and promote viable enterprise and entrepreneurship education activities which are:

  • Realistic in the context of full school timetables
  • Manageable for teachers facing multiple, potentially conflicting demands
  • Designed to reduce pressure on both the teacher and the timetable

More information about the SPE initiative can be found here.