Entrepreneurialism stifled in the young

One quarter of young European
workers would rather work for themselves than for an employer, according to a
report by the Swedish Employers’ Organisation.

The report, called Young
Entrepreneurs, Europe’s Challenge for Tomorrow
, shows that young Europeans’
positive attitude towards entrepreneurship is being threatened by a lack of
educational encouragement.

The survey claims that the
proportion of self-employed individuals between the ages of 20 to 24 fell by
around 30 per cent during the 1990’s and that the percentage of those that work
for themselves is currently only four per cent for this age group.

The report blames schooling in
Europe for not being able to support entrepreneurship. It believes that courses
to develop entrepreneurial skills should be taught.


Paul Nelson

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