Experiencing Business Start-Up through an Enterprise Placement Year

Kelly Smith, Philip Clegg

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    Self-employment placements can provide an opportunity to experience the real-life world of the entrepreneur within an educational context but their implementation is rare. Here we describe a full sandwich year placement scheme at the University of Huddersfield – the Enterprise Placement Year (EPY). Details of the EPY are provided including academic requirements, application procedures and the learning opportunities provided. There are a growing number of EPY alumni continuing the development of their business idea or starting up a new business in their final year or after graduation and three examples are provided. In addition to increasing numbers of sustaining businesses, there is evidence of improved academic success with a greater than average percentage of ‘good degrees’ obtained. Regular changes to the delivery of the programme have been made as a result of ongoing evaluation. These are reported here with recommendations for other universities considering offering such a programme and suggestions for future research.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationEntrepreneurship Education
    Subtitle of host publicationNew Perspectives on Entrepreneurship Education
    EditorsPaul Jones, Gideon Maas, Luke Pittaway
    PublisherEmerald Group Publishing Limited
    Number of pages27
    ISBN (Electronic)978-1-78714-280-0
    ISBN (Print)978-1-78714-281-7
    Publication statusPublished - 2017

    Publication series

    NameContemporary Issues in Entrepreneurship Research
    ISSN (Print)2040-7246


    • entrepreneurship education
    • Higher Education
    • self-employment
    • placement year
    • evaluation


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