Summer camps for teenagers are being funded in entrepreneurship, creativity, design skills and innovation to allow participants develop creative confidence, entrepreneurial thinking and leadership skills.
Entrepreneurship Summer Camps
The National Skills Strategy 2025 included as one of its objectives to pilot innovative summer camps to promote entrepreneurial thinking, STEM and design skills among students. In addition, one of the main objectives in the Action Plan for Education 2017 (Goal 4: “Build stronger bridges between education and the wider community”) is to “Create a stronger focus on Entrepreneurship, Creativity and Innovation”
Creating a stronger focus on these three areas is vital to sustain our economic recovery, and to adapt our national skills base to meet the challenges of growth in the modern world. Our education and training systems needs to recognise this and nurture these talents.
Following the success of the first set of Entrepreneurship Camps provided nationally in 2017, the HEA provided a total allocation of €250,000 in 2018 to support summer camp initiatives in Entrepreneurship, Creativity, Design skills and Innovation for second level students to be run by higher education institutions. As in 2017 it was envisaged that that these camps would provide high quality programmes that would help participants develop creative confidence, entrepreneurial thinking and leadership skills.