Entrepreneurship education

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The purpose of Entrepreneurship Education Guidelines is to target, develop and direct measures for promoting entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship education at different levels of education.

Prime Minister Juha Sipilä's Government Programme aims to strengthen competitiveness by improving conditions for business and entrepreneurship. When reforming education, the need for skills required in working life must be taken into account, and education and working life need to be brought closer to each other.

The Entrepreneurship Education Guidelines have a broad target group, which includes stakeholders in the education and training sector at all levels of education, education providers and developers, local, regional and national policy-makers in the education and training sector as well as entrepreneurs and organisations that support entrepreneurship.

The Guidelines help the leadership and staff in educational institutions and other stakeholders in entrepreneurship education to evaluate and develop their activities. They provide tips and support for planning the practical work.

The Ministry of Education and Culture also participates in an international research project called Innovation Cluster for Entrepreneurship Education. The project aims to understand what is needed to reach the goal set by the European Commission, which is that every young person should have a practical entrepreneurial experience before leaving compulsory education.

Entrepreneurship policies in education

Entrepreneurship and an entrepreneurial mindset are something that can be learned. Their components are creativity, innovation ability, capabilities for risk management and taking responsibility as well as an ability to plan, set goals and manage activities in order to achieve the goals. The significance of entrepreneurial skills is highlighted by the transformation of the labour market.

The purpose of the Entrepreneurship policies of the Ministry of Education and Culture is to direct, develop and steer the measures for promoting entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship education at different levels of education. The policies are part of the Ministry's steering through information.

The Entrepreneurship policies support, in a concrete manner, the management and staff of educational institutions and other stakeholders of entrepreneurship education in evaluating and developing their activities. In addition, they provide tips and support for planning the practical work.

Contact information

Johanna Moisio, Opetusneuvos 
OKM, Korkeakoulu- ja tiedepolitiikan osasto (KTPO), Kärkihankeryhmä (KÄR) 0295330216  


Raija Meriläinen, Opetusneuvos 
OKM, Ammatillisen koulutuksen osasto 0295330402  


Jussi Pihkala, Opetusneuvos 
OKM, Yleissivistävän koulutuksen ja varhaiskasvatuksen osasto, Yleissivistävän koulutuksen ja varhaiskasvatuksen vastuualue 0295330256