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EACEA National Policies Platform


3. Employment & Entrepreneurship

3.8 Development of entrepreneurship competence

Last update: 9 November 2022
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  1. Policy framework
  2. Formal learning
  3. Non-formal and informal learning
  4. Educators support in entrepreneurship education

Policy framework

There is neither a legal framework nor a specific national strategy applicable to the development of young people's entrepreneurship competences .

Formal learning

Entrepreneurship education is not compulsory in Luxembourgish school curricula. In upper secondary education and school-based vocational training it is optional and taught either as a separate subject or integrated in other subjects (European Commission/EACEA/Eurydice, 2016). The University of Luxembourg offers a master's degree in entrepreneurship and innovation. The key objectives of this degree are:

  • To extend the knowledge and understanding of principles of new venture creation and business start-up in different societal contexts (social, corporate, 'for profit', etc.)
  • To develop critical, analytical and problem-solving skills
  • To enable to understand the components of a business plan and appreciate different business and financial models as well as construct a detailed financial and marketing plan
  • To advance employability skills in team work, presentation and leadership as well as facilitating intercultural communication
  • To provide an understanding of the local regulatory, tax and legal issues involved when starting a new venture and access to a wide set of business networks in the Luxembourg economy.

The minister of Education, Children and Youth and the Secretary of State for Economy have presented a project Promotion of entrepreneurship at secondary schools (Promotion de l'entrepreneuriat à l'enseignement secondaire). This project specifically aims at:

  • Promoting the emergence of entrepreneurial schools in Luxembourg by fostering the link with the economic and social world
  • Developing transversal skills in young people to help them engage in future entrepreneurial challenges.

Five secondary schools launched a new technician training course in smart technologies in September 2019. Each school offers a specific area of specialisation: infotronic, renewable energies, robotics and automation, smart energy and e-controls.

Non-formal and informal learning

BEE CREATIVE is an initiative by the Ministry of Education, Children and Youth which is coordinated by the National Youth Service and the Coordinating service for educational and technological research and innovation (SCRIPT; Service de Coordination de la Recherche et de l'Innovation pédagogiques et technologiques). The objective of the initiative is:

  • To enable young people to learn how to create with the help of technical tools and new media (digital literacy)
  • To promote young people's creativity, talents and entrepreneurship in the context of new information and communication technologies.

The makerspaces (E Raum fir Kreativitéit) are an integral part of the project. Makerspaces are studios situated in different secondary schools, which are open to all interested young persons. They offer the necessary infrastructure and equipment to young people so that they can develop their own digital project with professional support. 'Creative Young Entrepreneur Luxembourg' is an award of the Junior Chamber International Luxembourg (JCEL; Jeune Chambre Économique) that is presented to the most creative young entrepreneurs in Luxembourg. Young people between 18 and 40 years can apply for the award, and the campaign is organised every year.

Educators support in entrepreneurship education

There is no top-level policy to support educators in entrepreneurship education. The initiative 'young entrepreneurs' (Jonk Entrepreneuren) is publicly funded and offers many training opportunities for educators and pupils (see: 3.10 Promotion of entrepreneurship culture).