The effect of entrepreneurship education in employment creation: a case study of Evelyn Hone College.

Thumbnail Image
Ng’andwe, Euphrasia
Journal Title
Journal ISSN
Volume Title
The University of Zambia
The study investigated the effect of entrepreneurship education in employment creation. The target population constituted business students and lecturers offering entrepreneurship programmes at Evelyn Hone College. The study used a case study design adopting a mixed research approach that included qualitative and quantitative methods. A total of 55 students and 5 lecturers were samppled in this study. Data was collected using questionnaires and schechuled interviews from the respondents. Quantitative data was analysed using Excel and Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) in order to generate frequencies and graphs for easy interpretation and analysis of data, while content analysis was used to analyse qualitative data. The findings of the study revealed that there is entreprenuership education at Evelyn Hone College. The entrepreneurship programmes are mandatory to the students in the business school. The study further established thatmajority of respondents have acquired entrepreneurship skills including: business management skills, identifying business opportunities, resource management, business planning, innovation and setting up of a business. However, despite the indication by the respondents that they have acquired entreprenuership skills, these skills are moderate although majority of the respondents were not running any kind of business at the time this study was conducted. Nevertheless, most of the students indicated that they were planning to set up businesses after graduating from college. In addition, the study also established that entrepreneurship education has positively impacted on employment creation. This is attributed to the fact that it has contributed to changing of student‟s mindsets towards self employment as a career path. In addition, some students had set up their own small enterprises within the campus. Others were planning to start their businesses when they graduated from college. This, therefore, had the potential of creating employment for theselves and others. The study made the following recommendations: (i)The government should revise the TEVET curriculum to further include practical aspects of entrepreneurship education (ii) The college should introduce follow-up programmes for business students‟who graduate from college to be able to offer them sufficient support (iii) Mentorship programmes where students will be granted an opportunity to learn from the successful and experienced entrepreneurs; and designing incubation programmes for business students that will allow their small businesses to be incubated for a period of time until they have reached a maturity stage which will help business start- ups to grow effectively.
Entrepreneurship education--Employment creation. , Entrepreneurship.