Entrepreneurial Education:Solution to Unemployment and Under Employment

Oluwafemi, Christianah Oluwabunmi, Martins, O. Rebecca, Adebiaye, H. Olajide


To curb the menace of unemployment among youths especially graduates of higher institutions due largely to over dependence on white colar job as the only means of employment, the Federal Government of Nigeria introduced the entrepreneurialship education as a compulsory course which if effectively taught and learnt, will make them find jobs easily but most importantly, to enable them create it themselves and become employers of labour.  This paper examines the concepts of entrepreneurial education as well as employment.  It proceeds to discuss some of the implications of entrepreneurial education on employment.   The study utilized the secondary source of data generation to source data for the paper and relied extensively on previous study coupled with observations by the authors.  This paper concludes with some of the changes that entrepreneurial education could bring for the improvement of the economy and the general wellbeing of the individual and made suggestions on how to effectively achieve the aims and objectives of the programme. Among the suggestions was that the Centre for Entrepreneurial education have a guidance/counseling unit where students identified with the passion to follow through with what they have learnt should be encouraged, guided and linked with sources for financial and other help to establish them with a follow up mechanism after graduation.  It was also suggested that such 'success' stories of the Centre should be brought in at intervals to speak and market their product in the institutions so as to serve as a challenge and encouragement not only to the students but also to the lecturers knowing that their labours are not in vain and that they are among the people building the economy of the nation.

Keywords: Entrepreneurial Education, Unemployment, Economy, Higher Institutions.

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