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A University Training Programme for Acquiring Entrepreneurial and Transversal Employability Skills, a Students’ Assessment

Business Department, University Rey Juan Carlos, 28032 Madrid, Spain
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Sustainability 2020, 12(3), 796; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12030796
Received: 20 December 2019 / Revised: 16 January 2020 / Accepted: 18 January 2020 / Published: 21 January 2020
The objective of this paper is to analyze university graduate students’ assessments of the attainment of skills acquired in a Training Programme (TP) to develop entrepreneurial skills and transversal employability competencies. Both are vital for the success of today’s societies and play an important role in the sustainable development agenda. The TP was a 12-week programme with six modules combining entrepreneurship training and traditional teaching methods. There were nine editions and 148 students worked in teams preparing business plans to present to consultants and potential investors. First, the nominal group technique was used to identify which competencies can be acquired through TP. Second, a survey was designed to identify the level to which the competences were attained. The results suggest that the students attained two types of skills, acquiring a higher level of proficiency in entrepreneurial skills and those transversal competencies. Additionally, different levels of attainment of entrepreneurial skills were found in different groups of students. We provide new evidence that TPs, as compulsory subjects in the core curriculum of degree programmes, will help accomplish both objectives: the acquisition of entrepreneurial skills and generic university educational competencies. The overall outcome of this research highlights the value added by the TPs. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainable development agenda; higher education; employability competencies; entrepreneurial skills training sustainable development agenda; higher education; employability competencies; entrepreneurial skills training
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Laguna-Sánchez, P.; Abad, P.; de la Fuente-Cabrero, C.; Calero, R. A University Training Programme for Acquiring Entrepreneurial and Transversal Employability Skills, a Students’ Assessment. Sustainability 2020, 12, 796.

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