Entrepreneurial skills curriculum


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Entrepreneurial skills curriculum

  1. 1. Entrepreneurial Skills CurriculumIntroductionThe teaching of entrepreneurial skills is to offer opportunities to students who are at risk of notstarting or completing their secondary education. This would create avenues for them togenerate feasible and sustainable income for themselves while make a meaningful contribution tothe country. This course aims to motivate these young people to stay in school; to recognizebusiness opportunities and to plan for a successful future. The program is geared to work alongwith other life skills and training programs that will guide the students to gain or develop a skillor trade that will turn them into viable and sustainable business persons.Target GroupThe target group for this course is those students who failed the common entrance exam morethan once but are not at age to be enrolled in ABICE program.Time AllocationTime allocated for this course should be 90 hours. This will be divided into a minimum of 70minutes (two 35 minute periods) per week over a two year period.BenefitsBesides motivating these at risk students to stay in school, this program will have the followingpositive benefits: 1. Creating employment and income generating opportunities for the students; 2. Teaching business and life skills; 3. Building self worth among the students; 4. Stimulating economic activities in Antigua and Barbuda; 5. Linking the educational and business world in the classroom and beyond; 6. Provides goods and services to the community; 7. Promotes innovation and resilience; 8. Allows disadvantage youths the ability to succeed regardless of their background.FormatThis program will use different teaching methods to cater for the various and diverse needs of thestudents. Teaching format will include; 1 Prepared by Jacqueline Peters-Richardson – Education Officer Business
  2. 2. a. Formal and informal group discussions b. Brainstorming c. Field trips d. Guess speakers e. Case study f. Practicals g. GamesContentUnit 1 - Who is an EntrepreneurObjectivesUpon completion of this unit students should be able to: 1. State who is an entrepreneur 2. Identify the role of an entrepreneur 3. Identify the characteristics of an entrepreneur 4. Understand the risk of becoming an entrepreneur 5. Recognize the benefits of being a successful business owner 6. Differentiate between an opportunity and an idea 7. Recognize investment capital is necessary for an idea to become an opportunity 8. Asses the reason why you are thinking about starting a businessUnit 2 – What is a businessObjectivesUpon completion of this unit students should be able to: 1. State what is a business 2. Identify functions of a business 3. Identify different types of businesses ownership 4. Ethical business behaviors 5. Describe the functional areas of a business 6. Define important terms and concepts related to business 7. Define and describe the characteristics of a simple contract 8. Prepare simple contracts 2 Prepared by Jacqueline Peters-Richardson – Education Officer Business
  3. 3. Unit 3 – Plan your businessObjectivesUpon completion of this unit students should be able to: 1. Observe businesses that already exist and how to add to them or fill a need 2. Assess needs and apply what they know 3. Explore the area of franchise as a way to start a business or expand a business 4. Look at sources of ideas and how to turn a hobby into a business 5. What is a business opportunity 6. State the steps in product development 7. State the reasons for packaging and labeling products 8. Identify steps in setting prices 9. List types of pricing strategies 10. What is market research 11. What is competitive advantage 12. Identity different promotional strategies 13. Define marketing 14. Study the target market 15. Define competitive analysisUnit 4 – Business PlanObjectivesUpon completion of this unit students should be able to: 1. State the purpose of a business plan 2. Understand the outline of a standard business plan 3. Prepare a basic business plan 4. Follow the procedure to register a business in Antigua and Barbuda 5. Identify various financing options for small business in Antigua and BarbudaUnit 5 – Manage your businessObjectivesUpon completion of this unit students should be able to: 3 Prepared by Jacqueline Peters-Richardson – Education Officer Business
  4. 4. 1. State functions of management and their responsibilities 2. Identify different styles of leadership 3. Learn the concept of the business life cycle 4. Learn the growth phases in the life of a business 5. Identify strategies to be used to solve internal conflicts 6. Identify guidelines to establish good relations between manager and enployees 7. Evaluate the importance of team work 8. Identity sources of conflict 9. Identify procedures for good financial management 10. Identity and calculate deductions required by law in Antigua and Barbuda 11. Identity business obligations to statutory organization (social security, medical benefits, education levy, and income tax) 12. State the importance of customer serviceUnit 7 – Introduction to Computers for BusinessObjectivesUpon completion of this unit students should be able to; 1. Identify how the computer can assist in business operations 2. Identity different software packages that can enhance business operations 3. Use different software (Word, Excel, Power Point and Publishers) to enhance your business. 4 Prepared by Jacqueline Peters-Richardson – Education Officer Business