The economy is changing and how we train the workforce must also change. We have moved from the industrial revolution to the 4th industrial revolution. Most of our business and career training was built from last century’s innovation and mindset. To find true success in the modern economy our approach is to cultivate what we call the “21st century entrepreneur”.
Most entrepreneurship programming follows the traditional tell, test, try model. Learners are told a standardized version of what they need to know and then they are set free on their own to try and use what they have learned. It sounds workable, but research shows us that making the jump from learning information in the general sense to applying it to your specific work is actually the most difficult part of learning. Many learners never bridge that gap. That means that they know a few facts about entrepreneurship by the end of the program, but they are incapable of acting on that information.
To really support someone through the process of becoming a “21 Century Entrepreneur”, you need to engage them at a personal level to such a degree that they initiate their own mindset shift. Then, you need to strengthen and refine that mindset shift while teaching them core universal skills. Finally, you have to have them practice on their own real problems and goals. To really work and overcome the difficult gap between learning and doing, they would need to be practically focused on creation and doing. Only this combination results in actual training transfer when it comes to real life decisions and actions.
The most effective and efficient way to train the workforce is to offer them each a completely custom path that focuses on exactly what they need to learn in a project-based learning format.
We know that the standard present/practice/assess model of teaching entrepreneurship skills just doesn’t work for many people. The leap from reading business case studies to writing your own value proposition is just not effective for most people.
That is why our curriculum uses a learning-in-action model where the student learns in small, easy to understand and easy to apply steps by doing (actually building their career and business ideas).
This format allows us to provide individualized pathways so each learner can work at their own pace, individualized support for what they need to learn, cohorts to support each other, and mentors to offer guidance.
Our system works. At the end, our participants have gained the skills they need to do what they set out to do. In fact, they have already done it. They don’t end the course with some things to think about. They end it with a developed set of tools like pitches and plans so they can take it to the next level right away. They’ve even outlined their next steps so they have something to do immediately, before they lose momentum.
Entrepreneurship is an essential skill for any type of career success. Teaching the basic entrepreneurial mindset and skill set is essential for success in the modern economy. Build Ed is your partner in bringing this new approach to populations in your community.